Murder of Boris Nemtsov, While he Was Walking Home with Ukrainian Girlfriend, Reportedly Caught on Tape


The murder of Boris Nemtsov, a political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was publicly critical of the government, was reportedly caught on tape.

Nemtsov, 55, a first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, was killed near the Kremlin late Friday, a day before his planned protest against the Russian government, as he walked from a restaurant after having dinner with his girlfriend, Ukrainian model Anna Duritskaya.

On Friday evening, Nemtsov and Duritskaya left the restaurant and began walking to Nemtsov’s apartment. They reportedly walked across a bridge, where a white car drove up. Then, Nemtsov was shot four times.

According to the BBC, footage airing on Russian television showed a white Lada Priora car in the area; still, there is no clear signal the vehicle was involved in Nemtsov’s murder. One part of the film shows someone running in the road alongside the Great Moskvoretsky Bridge and jumping into the waiting car, which then sped off.

The exact whereabouts of Duritskaya are unknown since the killing of Nemtsov, according to the Ukrainian Embassy.

According to UAToday, Ukrainian MP Ostap Semerak said that Russian law enforcement officials have forcibly detained Duritskaya in a private apartment and are not allowing her to be assisted by the Ukrainian Consulate.  She has, however, occasionally been in contact, the news agency reported.

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