Boris Nemtsov Murder Footage Reportedly Released
The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been reportedly filmed on tape, according to ABC News.
Nemtsov, who had been the deputy prime minister of Russia under Boris Yeltsin, was one of the few to have expressed public criticism of Putin’s government.
He was killed on Friday night, a day before his protest march. Nemtsov and his girlfriend, Ukrainian model Anna Duritskaya, ate dinner at a restaurant and walked across the Great Moskvoretsky Bridge when a Lada Priora drove up and shot him in the back multiple times.
Footage shown in Russian television revealed a white car in the area, although it failed to provide clear evidence for the murder. The clip shows an unknown person running across the bridge before jumping into the waiting car, which then sped off.
However, the murder of Nemtsov could not spoil the planned march, where tens of thousands flocked on Sunday to Moscow’s Staraya Square. The crowd included allies and supporters of Nemtsov, who was one of the most active opposition members of Putin and was a regular in organizing street protests that expose corruption in the government.
Whereabouts of Duritskaya are still not known since the murder took place. There is possibility that Russian enforcements have detained Duritskaya in an undisclosed location, not allowing her to contact Ukrainian Consulate, according to Ukrainian MP Ostap Semerak, as reported by Fox News.
The opposition politician Gennady Gudkov warned against catastrophic consequences, “If we can stop the campaign of hate that’s being directed at the opposition, then we have a chance to change Russia. If not, then we face the prospect of mass civil conflict.”
In response, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Putin, said the Russian president had noted “that this cruel murder has all the makings of a contract hit and is extremely provocative,” the BBC reported.