List of dead Kremlin critics grows with Nemtsov murder

A combination picture made on Feb 28, 2015 shows (top to bottom, from left to right) Russian Human Rights activist Natalia Estemirova, Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, leader of the Liberal Russia party Sergei Yushenkov, former Russian inte
A combination picture made on Feb 28, 2015 shows (top to bottom, from left to right) Russian Human Rights activist Natalia Estemirova, Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, leader of the Liberal Russia party Sergei Yushenkov, former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko, Russian opposition leader and former cabinet minister Boris Nemtsov, Russian human-rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, Russian Novaya Gazeta reporter Anastasiya Baburova, and Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Boris Nemtsov's name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow on Friday.

Here are some of the key people to have died:

Feb 27, 2015: Leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 11.15pm just metres from the Kremlin, in the very heart of the Russian capital.

March 23, 2013: Former oligarch and fierce foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Boris Berezovsky, 67, is found hanged in a bathroom at his country home in Britain, where he was living in exile. Coroners record an open verdict into his death after being unable to confirm it was suicide despite strong evidence that Berezovsky had killed himself.

Nov 16, 2009: Financial lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, 37, dies after being denied medical treatment in a Moscow jail after denouncing official corruption. His death sparks a crisis between the United States and Russia after Washington passes the so-called Magnitsky Act to target Russian officials implicated in his demise.

July 15, 2009: Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, 50, investigating government abuses in the volatile North Caucasus region of Chechnya is kidnapped in the local capital Grozny and found dead several hours later.

Jan 19, 2009: Human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, 34, and opposition journalist Anastasia Baburova, 25, are gunned down in the middle of a Moscow street after leaving a press conference.

Nov 23, 2006: Former intelligence officer turned Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko, 43, dies after allegedly drinking tea laced with radioactive isotope polonium in a hotel in London, where he is living in exile. Two Russian businessmen and former KGB agents Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi are accused of poisoning Litvinenko by British authorities but Russia refuses to extradite them.

Oct 7, 2006: Crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya, 48, is shot dead at the entrance to her apartment block in central Moscow on Putin's 54th birthday. Five men are eventually found guilty of carrying out the hit but those who ordered the murder have never been identified.

July 9, 2004: Investigative American journalist Paul Klebnikov, 41, dies after being shot as he leaves the offices of Forbes Russian-language version in Moscow. Klebnikov had angered oligarch Boris Berezovsky with his reporting and also probed the war in Chechnya. Over 10 years since his murder no one has yet been found guilty.

April 17, 2003: Liberal lawmaker Sergei Yushenkov, 52, is taken out by a hitman with a pistol as he returns to his home in Moscow. Yushenkov had probed a spate of devastating apartment bombings in 1999 which provided the pretext for the second Chechen War that helped propel Putin to power.