OFF WITH YOUR HEAD: The Growing List of Dead Kremlin Critics

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Let’s connect the dots here.

Boris Nemtsov’s name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow Friday.

Here are some of the key people to have died:

— February 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 just metres from the Kremlin, in the very heart of the Russian capital.

— March 23, 2013: former oligarch and fierce foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Boris Berezovsky, 67, is found hanged in a bathroom at his country home in the UK, where he was living in exile. Coroners record an open verdict into his death after being unable to confirm it was suicide despite strong evidence that Berezovsky had killed himself.

— November 16, 2009: financial lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, 37, dies after being denied medical treatment in a Moscow jail after denouncing official corruption. His death sparks a crisis between the United States and Russia after Washington passes the so-called “Magnitsky Act” to target Russian officials implicated in his demise.

— July 15, 2009: human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, 50, investigating government abuses in the volatile North Caucasus region of Chechnya is kidnapped in the local capital Grozny and found dead several hours later.

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