A Russian dancer was reportedly killed by a masked assassin in an incident that was captured by surveillance footage.
Natalia Pronina, 30, was returning to her apartment in Moscow when she was fatally shot twice in the chest by the suspect, according to Heavy. Police are reportedly referring to it as a “contact killing,” or an assassination.
In the surveillance footage, which was obtained and published by the Daily Mail on Tuesday, the suspect can be seen wearing a hoodie and glasses as he approaches Pronina from behind and shoots her at close range. The gun he used, according to East2West News, was a “non-lethal self-defense gun,” however, it was redesigned to fire real bullets. After shooting Pronina, the suspect flees the scene, according to the surveillance footage.
Pronina died at a nearby hospital two hours after the attack.
While police have reportedly not revealed a suspect or motive for the killing, the New York Post reports that Pronina was rumored to be having an affair with a “wealthy politician” and that the “theory being investigated” by police is linked to this. The politician’s wife reportedly found out about the affair over the summer and allegedly threatened Pronina.
Pronina’s friends reportedly said that the dance, who boasts over 5,000 followers on Instagram, had “no enemies,” only “admirers” and “fans.”
Pronina also reportedly had a 33-year-old boyfriend, Alexander Kravchenko, who is denying any involvement in her death, according to the Sun.
Pronina was returning home from a choreography session when she was attacked. She has reportedly won numerous international dance competitions and was an expert in ballroom dancing. She even reportedly formed her own dance team, which performed at clubs and parties.
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