Prominent Russian shot dead

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police say former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev.

Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead today by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital.

Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship.

Voronenkov left Russia with his wife, singer Maria Maksakova, who was also a lawmaker. He said he had to leave Russia because of persecution by Russian security agencies and had renounced Russian citizenship.

By Chad Fleck

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