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Town In Northwest Russia Mourns Slain Mayor


KANDALAKSHA, Russia -- Citizens in the northwestern Russian town of Kandalaksha are mourning the death of the town's mayor, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Nina Varlamova was stabbed in the neck near her house on Tuesday. She was alive when the ambulance arrived and Varlamova gave the name of her attacker to doctors.

Dmitry Kireyev, who was later arrested for the deadly attack, was the Kandalaksha town council's deputy head in the 1990s.

Kandalaksha is a town of about 50,000 people in the Arctic Circle about 300 kilometers south of Murmansk, the regional capital.

Varlamova is the third mayor to be killed in Russia in the last month.

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