Terrible crime against the walls of the Kremlin: The opposition Boris Nemtsov was shot on the streets. The 55-year-old was hit by four bullets in the back.Source: N24
After the murder of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov investigators may have found the getaway car of the perpetrators. The TV channel Rossiya 24 showed the white vehicle, a Lada with a license plate of the Russian republic of Ingushetia, which lies in the Islamic conflict area North Caucasus. Of the offenders accordingly but there was no sign. Nemtsov had been shot in the back in the early hours of Saturday with a Makarov pistol in the street near the Kremlin. Photo: REUTERSIs that the escape vehicle of the murderers of Boris Nemtsov?
Russian President Vladimir Putin assured the punishment of the perpetrators. "Every effort is made to ensure that the organizers and perpetrators of this dastardly murder and cynical get the punishment they deserve," Putin wrote in a telegram to Nemtsov mother Dina Eidman.
Next write Putin, Nemtsov's death was an irreparable loss. The politician has "the history, political and public life of Russia dominated". He had "always held directly and honestly his opinion." Putin continues: "Boris Nemtsov has left its mark in the history of Russia, in politics and in social life He remembered it to work on major items in a difficult transition period for our country.. Photo: AFPA couple on the point at which Boris Nemtsov died.Many people have brought flowers to the site
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev praised Nemtsov as a "man of principle" that had occurred "open and stable" for his vision.
The murder was "meticulously planned" according to the investigators first. Shortly before midnight, shots were fired just before the Kremlin. Four balls Nemtsov met in the back.
The crime scene was very carefully selected, the inquiry committee explained. According to the study was fired from a car out on Nemtsov, who wanted to go to his nearby apartment with his female companion. The couple was on a bridge, which is located directly at the Kremlin.
It was "obvious" that the "organizers and executors of the crime" knew which way Nemtsov would take, it was said in the statement. Eye witnesses had spoken of a white car as Tatfahrzeug. Photo: APThe scene after removal of the corpse: a few meters from the Kremlin, died Boris Nemtsov
The perpetrators apparently used a Makarov pistol, as used by the Russian military and the police. At the scene six shell casings from different manufacturers were found, which complicates the investigation work.The witnesses to the murder have already heard according to the Committee.
The Russian investigative authority cited several tracks, which she carries. It is striking that in any version Nemtsov critical of the government activity is called as a motive. The main version is that the murderer wanted to destabilize the situation in Russia, said the spokesman Vladimir Markin the investigating authority.Nemtsov could have become a "sacred victim". This was a clear allusion to the words of Putin, who declared three years ago, the Russian opposition could kill someone from their own ranks as "sacred victim" to blame the authorities.
Markin said that several witnesses were interviewed, including Nemtsov companion. The couple was said to be on the way to Nemtsov apartment when the offender out of the car fired the shots on the night of Saturday. The politician died at the scene on the Moskva River Bridge.
The investigators also go for a possible Ukrainian track. Nemtsov was an ardent supporter of the pro-Western leadership in Kiev. Accordingly, it keep the investigators possible that out of control forces in Ukraine who wanted to harm Russia, were responsible for the contract killing. Markin said that would not last examined the business dealings of former Deputy Prime Minister for Energy and bosses.
Shock and grief
Russia is after the murder in a state of shock. On the night of friends, colleagues and supporters Nemtsov came to the bridge on which he died, and lay down flowers.
On Sunday a memorial rally for 50,000 people in the center of Moscow was surprising approved. This is what opposition representatives had agreed in negotiations with the city, authorities said. The initiative therefore went forth from the opposition leader and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. He had previously announced that the opposition would refrain after the murder of Nemtsov on the planned for Tuesday spring march against the policies of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The death of a Kremlin critic
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In the 90s, an energetic reformer, Nemtsov was in Russia of Vladimir Putinrecently been forced increasingly to the brink of political life. But he remained until recently a fearless politician during demonstrations denouncing the president's policies in interviews and speeches. He has published several reports of corruption in Russia. Recently, his exposé appeared on Russian officials and MPs who do not pay taxes.
Just before his death, he was working on a report in which he evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the eastern Ukraine was present. The report should be published in the next few days. Nemtsov spoke as one of the few politicians in Russia plain fact that Putin has instigated and supported the war.
I am of the opinion that his political activity was the motive for the murder
Vadim Prokhorov Prosecutor Boris Nemtsov
In an interview in February Nemtsov told his mother'm afraid that Putin would be a murder of his order. He was unimpressed by such fears. "If I had great fear, I would not be at the forefront of an opposition party." His lawyer Vadim Prokhorov told that the politicians had received many threats on social networks in recent times. "I am of the opinion that his political activities for motive for the murder was" Prokhorov said. Nemtsov was nearing an opposition demonstration killed, which was scheduled this Sunday. He was one of the organizers. After his death, other participants decided to call off the march in Moscow and replace it with a memorial event.
Repression against dissidents
Last year, the agitation had increased against dissent in Russia. Earlier Kremlin critics, especially the media access was denied. However, since the beginning of the unrest in the Ukraine opposition are increasingly vilified as a traitor and agents of the West, who allegedly planned a revolution in Russia.
In a speech to the Crimean annexation Putin warned of a "fifth column" of the West and "Nationalverrätern" who use the deterioration of the economic situation and "dissatisfaction of people provoke" would. An aggressive anti-Maidan movement was launched recently in Russia, which wants to fight the alleged "fifth column".
A year ago in April was hung on a street in central Moscow a huge poster with faces of Kremlin critics. "The fifth column. Stranger among us," it said. The opposition Alexei Navalny and Ilya Ponomarev, Andrei Makarevich and rock singer Yuri Shevchuk were to see it. In the center of the poster: Boris Nemtsov.
Putin said, according to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, that the murder having many signs of a contract killing and "extreme provocation character" have.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev demanded that the investigators would do everything possible to solve the murder.
Obama and Merkel call for clarification of Putin
International Nemtsov death sparked consternation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) called on Putin to ensure that the murder investigated and the perpetrators were brought to justice. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) said he was "shocked by the cold-blooded murder" Nemtsov.This has placed itself against corruption and arbitrariness, even if his own freedom have suffered. With his assassination "of a fearless voice to an abrupt end and cowardly" will. The author of the attack would have to be drawn in a due process of law to justice. US President Barack Obama called on Moscow to a rapid and transparent Enlightenment.
Patriot of Russia and at the same time a great friend of Ukraine
Arseny Jazenjuk Prime Minister of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter: "Shock Boris was killed impossible to believe..." The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk wrote in the short message service, Nemtsov was a "patriot of Russia and at the same time a great friend of Ukraine" was.
The Russian opposition Ilya Yashin, who knew well Nemtsov said: The politicians have been receiving many threats, but omitted bodyguards. "The murder is connected to Boris' oppositional activity," Yashin said. He was killed in order to intimidate other government opponents.
Opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov told the newspaper "Vedomosti": "The political responsibility for this crime lies with the leadership of the country." In the past years was an atmosphere of hatred in Russia have been created, Ryzhkov said. "After this demonstrative murder before the walls of the Kremlin there is no opposition, no other thinking person can feel safe."
Speculation about the participation of separatists
Ilya Ponomarev opposition politician wrote on Facebook that the murder of Nemtsov cause of new repression in Russia could be. He compared the murder with the murder of the Soviet party functionary Sergei Kirov, the 1934 "Great Terror" began and where it is suspected that Josef Stalin had given him in order to establish his supremacy. "Now we can talk about the struggle within the opposition to compromise a provocation with the aim of Putin and create a sacred sacrifice," Ponomarev wrote.
He feared that they would search for killers in the vicinity of popular opposition politician Navalny and they can also be found. Also Ponomariov did not rule out that the separatists from eastern Ukraine could be involved or the tax evaders, had reported Nemtsov. "In any case, today announced a new page of civil confrontation in Russia was opened. The bloody ..."
Another fellow of Nemtsov, Leonid Gosman, said: "I am shocked, because Boris was a very lively person Boris was a very difficult path on which there was high positions in our vast country, opposition and arrests and everything you could. can imagine. " The former head of the Yukos oil company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, wrote on Twitter: "The death of Boris triggers grief with me and my family we all loved him He was a daring but very nice man..."