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Former Russian MP Yamadayev killed in Moscow

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Ruslan Yamadayev, a former member of the Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma, was gunned down in central Moscow on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry official said.
MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ruslan Yamadayev, a former member of the Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma, was gunned down in central Moscow on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry official said. (VIDEO)

Earlier reports said that the victim of the attack was Ruslan's brother Sulim Yamadayev, a former commander of the Russian Defense Ministry's Vostok battalion in Chechnya.

Former Russian MP Yamadayev killed in Moscow

Yamadayev was driving his Mercedes car in downtown Moscow, when he was attacked by unknown gunmen at 5:20 pm Moscow time (13:20 GMT). The attackers shot his car and then fled the scene in an Audi 80 car, sources said.

"At 5:20 p.m. on the Smolenskaya embankment a man approached a Mercedes car, which had stopped at a red traffic light, and shot former member of the State Duma Ruslan Yamadayev, who was behind the driver's wheel at the time," said Valery Gribakin, a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source said Yamadayev was riding in a car with former commandant of Chechnya Lt. Gen. Sergei Kizyun. The source added that Kizyun was seriously wounded and taken to a hospital.

The source also said that obviously it was a contract killing as the assassins knew who was in the car, which they followed for some time before carrying out the attack.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigation Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, said a criminal case had been launched on charges of murder and attempted murder.