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Russia: 'Over five lines of inquiry opened into Nemtsov killing' - investigation official01:09

Russia: 'Over five lines of inquiry opened into Nemtsov killing' - investigation official

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 28, 2015 at 13:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Investigators are pursuing "more than five" lines of inquiry into the killing of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Markin, said in Moscow, Saturday.

He said the shooting of Nemtsov could be regarded as a provocation aimed at the "destabilisation of the political situation" in Russia. Another possible version of the killing is connected with Nemtsov’s position on the Charlie Hebdo shooting; and a third version is connected with "inter-Ukrainian events," Markin said.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the head of the Investigative Committee to take personal control of the investigation. According to the president's spokesman Dmitri Peskov, Putin noted that the "brutal murder bears all the hallmarks of a contract killing and is of a purely provocative nature."

Reports indicate that a white vehicle pulled up close to Nemtsov late on Friday evening before an unknown assailant unleashed a series of shots, hitting the former politician several times. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene of the crime, which occurred on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin's Vasilyevsky Spusk. Nemtsov was pronounced dead on arrival.

Russia: 'Over five lines of inquiry opened into Nemtsov killing' - investigation official01:09
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Investigators are pursuing "more than five" lines of inquiry into the killing of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Markin, said in Moscow, Saturday.

He said the shooting of Nemtsov could be regarded as a provocation aimed at the "destabilisation of the political situation" in Russia. Another possible version of the killing is connected with Nemtsov’s position on the Charlie Hebdo shooting; and a third version is connected with "inter-Ukrainian events," Markin said.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the head of the Investigative Committee to take personal control of the investigation. According to the president's spokesman Dmitri Peskov, Putin noted that the "brutal murder bears all the hallmarks of a contract killing and is of a purely provocative nature."

Reports indicate that a white vehicle pulled up close to Nemtsov late on Friday evening before an unknown assailant unleashed a series of shots, hitting the former politician several times. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene of the crime, which occurred on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin's Vasilyevsky Spusk. Nemtsov was pronounced dead on arrival.