Kidnapped MP shot dead

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The Independent Online
Moscow (AP) - Police yesterday found the body of a Russian MP who had been kidnapped on Wednesday from a bar outside Moscow by gunmen posing as policemen. He was the third Russian MP to be killed in the past 10 months.

The body of Sergei Skorochkin, an independent MP, was found in a forest near the village of Sarybyevo. He had been shot in the back of the head and was in handcuffs.

Skorochkin, 33, who also ran a private business, shocked parliament last summer when he shot and killed a man who allegedly opened fire on him. A passer-by was also killed. The independent NTV network reported yesterday that he had been in hiding in London until recently.

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