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Russian Politician Gunned Down

April 9, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ A nationalist politician was gunned down in an apparent contract killing in St. Petersburg today, a news report said.

Gennady Tuganov, who ran the St. Petersburg branch of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, was shot eight times in the head as he entered his apartment, the Interfax news agency said. He died on the spot.

Officials with LDP were quoted by Interfax as saying that the killing was probably a contract hit aimed at stopping Tuganov’s ``political and public activities.″

Police were investigating the case, but so far no suspects have been found. Scores of gangland slayings are reported across Russia every year, but the killers usually escape and authorities rarely make any progress in the cases.

St. Petersburg has grown into a particularly crime-ridden city even by Russian standards in recent months, with a number of apparent contract hits against business people and politicians.

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