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Prominent Businessman Shot Dead In Moscow


Police examine the car of Shabtai Kalmanovich in Moscow after the shooting.

Police examine the car of Shabtai Kalmanovich in Moscow after the shooting.

MOSCOW -- Well-known Russian businessman Shabtai Kalmanovich has been shot dead in Moscow, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

His driver was severely wounded and taken to hospital in serious condition.

Kalmanovich was born in Lithuania in 1947 and immigrated in the 1970s to Israel, where he was involved in politics.

He became well-known in the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s after he organized concerts in Russia for Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and other entertainment stars.

Kalmanovich was involved in trade and construction businesses recently and was the owner of the successful women's basketball club Spartak Moscow.
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