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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Opposition Leader Killed

TBILISI, Georgia -- The leader of a Georgian opposition movement, Guram Sharadze, 67, was gunned down late Sunday on a street in central Tbilisi, the Interior Ministry said.

Police said a man arrested shortly after the shooting has confessed, but they declined to give details out of concern about compromising the investigation.

Sharadze was the leader of the nationalist Faith, Fatherland and Language movement. Sharadze last year was a leader of protests against Western influences in Georgia, denouncing philanthropist George Soros' activities as potentially more pernicious to Georgia than the Bolshevik Revolution.

Irina Sarishvili, head of the opposition Imedi party, said Monday that the shooting had been ordered by the government. Levan Bezhuashvili, a top figure in the parliamentary majority coalition, said "The attempt of the opposition to place all of this in the hands of the government comes from the region of fantasy."