Nemtsov Killing

Four Bullets, One Wake-Up Call

DISTORTED Boris Nemtsov police Russia demonstration 2010 Source DPA 42044179_effect
In 2010, during an anti-Putin opposition rally in central Moscow, Boris Nemtsov was arrested along with 100 others.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, could take an increasinlgy antagonistic stand against the West.

  • Facts


    • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed on Friday night with four shots in the back and head.
    • Mr. Nemtsov, 55, had planned a demonstration for Sunday to protest against the Ukraine conflict.
    • He was a political reformer and deputy prime minister under former president Boris Yeltsin in the late 1990s.
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He was not willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, Boris Nemtsov said in one of his last interviews. “I am not willing to die.”

But this violent fate has now befallen him.

During the marches in Moscow on Sunday in memory of the killed opposition leader, people carried banners with the words “These bullets hit us all.” This statement is sad but true.

For years, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has done everything possible to discredit opposition forces and, by rigging elections, to push opposition parties below the five percent threshold.

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