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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Starovoitova Slaying Commemorated

ST. PETERSBURG -- Coating her grave with flowers, hundreds of Russians on Saturday marked the anniversary of the killing of liberal lawmaker Galina Starovoitova and demanded progress in the investigation.

Starovoitova, one of Russia's most outspoken supporters of reform and most prominent female politicians, was gunned down by two unidentified assailants in her apartment building in St. Petersburg on Nov. 20, 1998. Her aide Ruslan Linkov was seriously wounded.

Apparently little progress has been made in the investigation over the past year, although police say the motive was likely political. Starovoitova's former colleagues and others at the anniversary ceremony complained that the case has dragged out for political reasons, Russian news reports said.

Mourners at St. Petersburg's Alexander Nevsky cemetery Saturday included former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, who oversaw the investigation as interior minister at the time of her killing.