Small-town mayor shot dead near Moscow: investigators

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The mayor of a Russian town just outside Moscow was shot dead in a possible contract killing on Monday, investigators said.

Mayor Yevgeny Dushko of Sergiyev Posad, a town of 105,000 some 60 kilometres north of the capital Moscow, was leaving his apartment building at 7:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) when an unknown gunman shot him twice, the Investigative Committee said.

"The victim died from his wounds in the hospital," it said in a statement.

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