Stanislav Markelov, lawyer representing the family of Elza Kungayeva, a Chechen woman murdered by Russian army Colonel Yuri Budanov, has been shot dead in the centre of Moscow.
According to witnesses, an unidentified man approached Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova, a journalist from Novaya Gazeta, and pulled out a gun. Markelov was shot dead on the spot. The journalist was shot in the head and died in hospital a few hours later.
Markelov had just held a press conference regarding the release of Yuri Budanov on parole four days earlier. Markelov was 34; Baburova was in her mid-20s.