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Unknown assailants burst into Boris Zherukov’s office in
Nalchik, capital of the province of Kabardino-Balkaria, and shot
him twice in the head, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in
a statement.

Zherukov was head of President Vladimir Putin’s ruling
United Russia party faction in the local parliament. He was also
rector of the local State Agricultural University.

Insurgents fighting to carve an Islamic state out of a
patchwork of mainly Muslim regions in Russia’s mountainous south
stage near-daily shootings and bomb attacks targeting officials
and police.

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