Shooting near the Kremlin: Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow

A prominent politician Boris Nemtsov was killed in Moscow. He was shot to death late Friday night in front of the Kremlin by four shots at close range.
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Shots on the bridge

Boris Nemtsov was killed around 23:15 Moscow time, when, together with his companion, a citizen of Ukraine Anna Duritskaya walking along the Great Moscow River bridge from the Kremlin towards Bolotnaya street. For half an hour before he gave an interview on the phone Ukrainian radio station "Vesti", in which shared his memories of what he wanted to do, Boris Yeltsin as his successor as president of Russia, but then changed his mind.

As told RBC his colleague Ilya Yashin from the words to call him Duritskaya, a few meters from the Cathedral of St. Basil to Nemtsov pulled the car from which the unknown opened fire. As it turned out forensic experts, the criminals shot at least six times. Four bullets hit the Nemtsov, including those in the heart and in the head. From the received wounds he died on the spot.

Nemtsov's companion in an attack is not affected. After arriving at the scene police her psychological assistance, besides the girl took off the first testimony.

The machine, which was movedCamping criminals fled the scene. Witnesses have noticed that it was a car brand Ford white. Later investigators, examining records from surveillance cameras, have found that the approximate time of the murder on the bridge drove three cars Ford Focus and Mondeo. Non machines were installed, after which the car the suspects declared wanted.

Initiation of an investigation

At the scene police arrived all leadership: Head of the Interior Ministry in Moscow Anatoly Yakunin, as well as the Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who took the case of the murder of Nemtsov's personal control. By one o'clock, when RBC correspondent arrived at the scene of the crime, under the drizzle at the start of the Big Moscow River bridge was already working team of investigators, machine center for emergency medical care, movement blocked several police cars. Due to the spin of forensic experts and police could see the body of the dead man lying in the clothes looked up to the parapet without traces of blood.

Police pushed journalists, cordoned off the entire left side of the bridge, and at first did not cooschala no information. To the scene gathered allies and friends of the deceased: the opposition Mikhail Kasyanov and Ilya Yashin, Ksenia Sobchak, journalist and her husband, journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, Kirill Rogov browser, coordinator of "Open Russia" Vladimir Kara-Murza and others. Many, including journalists, were crying.

The murder Main Investigation Department of the Russian IC in Moscow opened a criminal case on grounds of crimes under Part. 1, Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (murder) and Article. 222 of the Criminal Code (trafficking in weapons).

By the forensic experts started at the scene for several hours investigating the crime scene, collect evidence and study recording with CCTV cameras. Toward morning, investigators came to the apartment of Nemtsov on Malaya Ordynka. As reported by Interfax agency, they began to withdraw the paper there.

He told reporters representative of the Investigative Committee of the Yulia Ivanova, on behalf of the head of department Alexander Bastrykin, connected to the investigation were the best criminalists and investigators. Created spetsialte a investigation team, headed by Acting Head of GSU SK Russia in Moscow Alexander Drymanov.

And a representative of the Investigative Committee and the Interior Ministry spokesman Elena Alekseeva said that all versions are considered at the initial stage of the investigation, including custom-made crime.

The reaction of Russian politicians

A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Vladimir Putin called the murder Nemtsov provocation that is ordered. The President expressed his deep condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, instructed the heads of law enforcement agencies to take the investigation under personal control.

According to the head of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev, law enforcement agencies should make every effort to determine "the full range of persons involved in the murder of a prominent politician hard."

The Secretary of the General Council of "United Russia" Sergei Neverov said the need to catch the killers. "As the State Duma, we will closely monitor the progress of the investigation", - he said & nb.sp;

At the scene came associates Nemtsov. Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov commented RBC happened: "It's chaos beyond imagination. At 50 meters from the Kremlin wall is my friend Boris Nemtsov. Russia has lived up to the situation that people are killed near the Kremlin. It is a shock, how could Russia come to this. "

According to Ilya Yashin, the murder was politically motivated. "Boris regularly received threats, but did not attach any importance to this. I want to emphasize: Boris has been actively working on the report "Putin.Voyna" with him, he said, was evidence of the involvement of the Russian military to military action in Ukraine. This is a political murder, which is completely custom character ", - he said. He added that investigators immediately asked him to talk to them, but he refused to talk at night and suffered a poll on Saturday.

RPR-Parnas lawyer Vadim Prokhorov sure that the murder is connected with the political activity Nemtsov. "He occasionally received threats in the past year, he even wrote a statementthe police - said the defender. - But it is doubtful whether those who are about to commit a murder, would openly threaten ".

Five high-profile murders in Moscow over the past 10 years

The evening of 14 September 2006 Deer Street in Sokolniki Val was shot the first deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank Andrei Kozlov. The banker was walking to his car after a football match between bank employees. Customer murder, according to investigators, was a former chairman of VIP Bank Alexey Frenkel.

Day 24 September 2008 on Smolenskaya Square in Moscow was shot by a former State Duma deputy, Colonel Ruslan Yamadayev. His armored Mercedes stopped at the traffic lights and the driver opened the window to smoke. At this point, I pulled up behind the BMW and the killer is almost point-blank shot Yamadayev and his driver, but the latter managed to survive. Later, the Moscow City Court found guilty of the crime of three natives of the Chechen Republic.

On the morning of April 12, 2010 near his apartment in Strelbischensky Lane was killed by the Moscow City Court Judge Eduard Chuvashov. According to investigators, etc.estupleniya made members of the so-called radical group Born, one of the leaders of which was a nationalist Nikita Tikhonov. At this time, he Tikhonov has been detained on charges of murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. For these crimes, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

On the morning of June 10, 2011 was shot by a former colonel Yuri Budanov. Killer waylaid him near the notary office at the Komsomolsk Avenue. Moscow City Court found Vinnova of murdering Chechen republic Yusup Temerhanova. As a motive the prosecution referred to the fact that Temerhanova father killed the Russian military, and the defendant took revenge over the military as a whole.

Day 13 January 2013 in a restaurant near the street was shot Nikitskaya known authority Ded Hasan (Aslan Usoyan). He was wounded in the head and died in hospital. In just a few years earlier, in September 2010, on Tverskaya Street it was attacked. He was wounded in the stomach, but survived. The perpetrators have not been found.

Reaction from abroad
US President Barack Obama, commenting on the incident in Moscow, said he admired Nemtsov: "We urge the Russian government to conduct a prompt, fair and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his killing and achieve fulfillment of justice for those who committed this horrible crime. Nemtsov was a tireless defender of his country, who fought for his fellow citizens enjoy the rights that all people have. I admired the fearless devotion Nemtsov fight against corruption in Russia and is highly valued, with a willingness and sincerity, he shared his views at the time of our meeting in Moscow in 2009 ".

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called Nemtsov his friend: "I can not believe they killed my friend Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was a true patriot who believed that Russia could be great. "

"I am shocked by the murder of a key opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. The killers must be brought to justice, "- said the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

Condolences expressed President Ukrins Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Boris Nemtsov

Born on October 9, 1959 in Sochi. Political career began in the late 80-ies in the environmental movement. In March 1990 he was elected deputy of the RSFSR, was a member of the Bloc "coalition of reform" faction and the "Left Centre - Cooperation". In 1991, Nemtsov appeared confidant of Boris Yeltsin in the Nizhny Novgorod region during the presidential elections in Russia. In August 1991, the politician was appointed Russian presidential envoy in the Nizhny Novgorod region, and in December of the same year was appointed head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Administration. In 1993, the governor Nemtsov was elected to the Federation Council. In December 1995, the politician again took over as governor, defeating in the elections with a result of 58.37%.

In March 1997, Nemtsov was appointed first vice-premier of the Russian government. He was responsible for the social block, housing and utilities and construction, natural monopoly and anti-monopoly policy. From April to November 1997 while remaining deputy prime minister, he served as Minister of fuelswillow and Energy. In the spring of 1998 in the rank of deputy prime minister was in charge of the financial and economic bloc. After the default in August 1998. Nemtsov was appointed acting vice-premier of the Russian Federation.

In 2003, the Germans topped the list of the party "Union of Right Forces" in the State Duma elections. In 2004 he was elected to the board of the "Committee 2008: Free Choice", in December 2008, the Germans entered the presidium of the political council and created the opposition movement "Solidarity".

In 2010 the Germans, together with the ex-Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Milov and Vladimir Ryzhkov announced the creation of the opposition coalition "For Russia without arbitrariness and corruption." Built on the basis of her political party to participate in the presidential and parliamentary elections it was established in December 2010 under the name of People's Freedom Party (Parnas).

In the regional elections of 8 September 2013 Nemtsov was elected to Yaroslavl Oblast Duma on the list of the party "RPR-Parnassus".