Boris Nemtsov direkt vor dem Kreml auf offener Straße ermordet!

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Leading opposition figure shot dead in Moscow within steps of the Kremlin


Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks as he present his new book about the wealth of Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Moscow, Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012.
Image: Sergey Ponomarev/Associated Press
Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition figure and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead just steps from the Kremlin on Saturday.Nemtsov was hit „with four shots from a pistol,“ a spokesperson told TASS, adding that the murder is under investigation. The Russian newswire Interfax confirmed he was killed. Mezuda reported he was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant while walking on the Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge, which runs along the Kremlin’s western wall.

Watch a live broadcast from the scene

Nemtsov was once considered to be a potential successor to Russia’s first post-Soviet president, Boris Yeltsin. He became an opposition politician and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics in recent years.

In an interview with the weekly Russian magazine Sobesednik earlier this month, he acknowledged that he feared Putin „a bit,“ adding: „Not as much as my mother…If I really feared him, it is unlikely that I’d head an opposition party, it’s unlikely I’d be involved in what I do.“

Photos from the scene

A Russian Instagram user posted a photo from the site of the murder that shows police looking over a man’s body. Its caption: „Happened to be at the place where […] just killed Nemtsov.“ The user then quickly pulled it down.

Nemtsov Instagram

A Russian Instagram user posted this photo purporting to show the body of Boris Nemtsov lying dead in the Moscow street. It was pulled shortly after it was posted.

Mashable is unable to confirm its authenticity, though it is geotagged at the time and location of the politician’s reported death. A Twitter user posted a different angle of the scene, showing the politician’s body lying in the street as police take notes and collect evidence.

Reporters soon descended on the scene, which was quickly taped off by the authorities.

The reaction from the opposition

Ilya Yashin, a Russian member of parliament, confirmed Nemtsov’s death, writing tersely on Twitter, „Nemtsov shot. He’s dead.“ He told a reporter at the scene he was sure it was an assassination.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a businessman and former oligarch now living in exile in Switzerland, also about Nemtsov’s death. „We all loved him,“ said Khodorkovsky. „Reckless, but a very nice guy.“

„I’m shocked, but I’m confident those bastards will pay a heavy price,“ co-chairman of the RPR Parnas Mikhail Kasyanov told TASS. „Now every member of the opposition needs protection of society.“

Garry Kasparov, a chess champion and opposition figure like Nemtsov, tweeted he was „devastated to hear of the brutal murder of my long-time opposition colleague Boris Nemtsov.“

„Shot 4 times,“ Kasparov added. „Once for each child he leaves.“

„Boris’s quality no longer fit Putin’s Russia. He always believed Russia could change from inside without violence; after 2012 I disagreed,“ he added. „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.“


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