Friday, February 27, 2015
Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow - Was Critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Boris Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been shot dead in central Moscow late Friday night. "Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back," a government spokeswoman confirms.
Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital before he was shot dead tonight.
According to ABC News, Nemtsov was shot multiple times in the back as he walked by a bridge near the Kremlin late Friday night, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee.
Russian news reports said that Nemtsov was walking with a female companion when a white car pulled up and fired on him before fleeing the scene.
Unidentified killers fired "at least seven or eight shots" at Nemtsov when the politician was walking on Bolshoy Kammeny Bridge in central Moscow, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
"Witnesses to the killing are being questioned, and the crime scene is being carefully examined," Markin said.
Nemtsov was a former deputy prime minister under Putin during the 1990s, but fell out with the Russian president and formed Russia's People’s Freedom Party.
The reason for the attack remains a mystery.
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