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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shot Tatar Adviser Dies

KIEV -- A prominent member of Crimea's Tatar community has died from gunshot wounds suffered in an ambush during a presidential election campaign dominated by Russian nationalism, doctors said Friday.


Eskandar Memetov, a businessman who was economic adviser to the only candidate advocating further Ukrainian control over Crimea, died in hospital on Thursday night in Simferopol, the region's main center.


Two of Memetov's bodyguards were killed and 10 more people were wounded when gunmen opened fire in the ambush on Tuesday night.


Memetov, 42, was the fourth person to be killed in mysterious circumstances during the campaign in which all but one of six candidates received death threats.


Politicians feared his death would fuel tensions ahead of the run-off vote on Jan. 30 between Yury Meshkov, a Russian nationalist lawyer heavily favored to win, and Nikolai Bagrov, who was backed by most of Crimea's 280,000 Tatars.


"We are worried about further violence," said Viktor Mezhok, one of Meshkov's campaign team. "His funeral on Saturday could be particularly dangerous."