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Russian Rights Activist Found Shot Dead In Kemerovo

A prominent human rights activist was found dead today in the central Russian city of Kemerovo, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Gennady Prudetsky was the director of the Foundation to Protect the Rights of Victims of Repression and Convicts. He was 54 years old.

Nadezhda Ananyeva, a spokeswoman for the Kemerovo Oblast prosecutor's office, told RFE/RL that an unidentified person called the police to report that there was a dead man inside a car on a street in Kemerovo.

Police later found Prudetsky's body with numerous gunshot wounds.

He had survived an assassination attempt several years ago when unknown assailants tried to bomb his apartment.