Boris Nemtsov, Leader of the Russian Opposition is Killed
Putin's oppressive grip tightens in Russia.
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Boris Nemtsov, 55, the outspoken leader of the Russian opposition, was killed earlier this year on the 27th of February in the evening, by four shots to the back by a gunman in a passing car while walking near the Kremlin. This was just two days before he was due to appear at an opposition rally in Moscow. This caused outrage within Nemtsov supporters, with many of the more cynical ones, declaring their suspicion of the involvement of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. This is because the killing had taken place in an area of high security near the Kremlin, which would not have been possible without official involvement. Alexei Navalny, another prominent opposition figure, accused Russia’s “political leadership” for the death of Nemtsov. In addition to that, Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna, told CNN, “Russia has crossed the line after this murder and people will be frightened to express ideas contrary to the official standpoint.”
President Putin has said that everything would be done to convict to those who committed a “vile and cynical murder”.
Boris Nemtsov, was deputy prime minister in the 1990s and had lately been working on a report containing “proof” of the Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. Over the years, he had written many reports linking Putin to corruption, especially involving his inner circle, such as the $30bn dollars of funding for the 2013 Winter Olympics which had gone missing. This claim was denied by the Kremlin.
Two men, Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, both from a region in Southern Russia associated with insurgent activity, have been detained in connection with the murder of Nemtsov. One of these men was also a former police officer. The investigation is currently still ongoing, and it is not clear whether the shots these men had fired had actually killed Boris Nemtsov, and what their motives were. The prime witness, Nemtsov’s girlfriend, returned to the Kiev this week after going to Ukraine, where she is originally from. She repeatedly told the media that she was not able to identify the murderer of Boris Nemtsov. Some people have also linked the ongoing conflict and tension between Ukraine and Russia to justify their theory that she had planned the killing of her lover.
A memorial was held for supporters of Boris Nemtsov and was attended by thousands of people. Many people had strong words of allegiance to the justice of Nemtsov, “There will be not let-up in our efforts, we will give up nothing. This act of terror has not achieved its goal”. World leaders such as Francois Hollande, described the killing as an assassination and condemned it. David Cameron had also said that the murder must be “fully, rapid and transparently investigated.”