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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Businessman Shot

MOSCOW -- Anatoly Shashin, head of the Moscow Billiards Federation, has been shot dead in Moscow, police said Friday. Police sources said Shashin was hit by five bullets and died instantly Thursday night.

His murder appeared to be linked with his unspecified business activities rather than his role with the billiards federation, they said.

Murders of businessmen are frequent in Russia, where many criminal gangs have sprung up and violent crime has soared since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.