Russian Central bank official dies after shooting

The top deputy chairman of Russia's Central Bank died Thursday, hours after being shot, authorities said. Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov died in the hospital where he was taken following the attack late Wednesday night, Moscow prosecutor's office spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. He had been hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wounds. Kozlov's driver was killed in the attack by what Russian media said were two unidentified gunmen who fled after the shooting. The attack occurred outside at a sports arena where bank workers were having a soccer game, the reports said. While on a lesser scale than in the turbulent 1990s, contract killings of businessmen and bankers still regularly occur in Russia, where business conflicts often turn violent.