MOSCOW: Boris Nemtsov, a famous Russian opposition leader, liberal politician and former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin, shot dead near the Kremlin, reported by The Guardian and BBC.
Charismatic opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow four times in the back as he was crossing the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge by a killer in a passing car. The killers emerged from a white vehicle and fired six bullets at Nemtsov, four of which hit him in the back. He died from injuries at the scene.
The killing took place in the very centre of Moscow late on Friday evening on a bridge near St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, two days before Nemtsov was due to a demonstration against Putin’s support for the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and the President’s economic policies.
Russian Government spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, “The president would take the investigation into Nemtsov’s death under “personal control”, and that he believed the killing to be a provocation.”
Nemtsov had a successful political career under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s and after 2000 he became a vocal opponent and critic of President Vladimir Putin. He had written a number of reports in recent years linking Putin and his inner circle to corruption, and was one of the most well known politicians among Russia’s small and beleaguered opposition.
Statement by the President on the Murder of Boris Nemtsov: pic.twitter.com/NqPmRcRhIO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 28, 2015
When we argued, Boris would tell me I was too hasty, that in Russia you had to live a long time to see change. Now he’ll never see it. RIP.
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) February 27, 2015
— President Reagan (@FreedomBull) February 27, 2015