Does anyone want to bet that Putin will be blamed for this; in other words, another attempt false flag? Bad, bad Putin! ~J
Published time: February 27, 2015 21:46
Edited time: February 27, 2015 22:49
Famous Russian politician Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in the center of Moscow, according to Tass news agency.
“Boris Nemtsov was shot four times in the center of Moscow at Vasilyevsky spusk. Investigation team is working at the scene,” Tass reports siting police sources.
На Большом каменном мосту уже много журналистов pic.twitter.com/d9LJ4A0yDT
— Roman Dobrokhotov (@Dobrokhotov) February 27, 2015
A law enforcement source told Interfax news agency that a white vehicle approached Nemtsov, fired the shots, and rushed away.
Police have dubbed the operation to catch the killers ‘Interception.’
The Internal Affairs Ministry has confirmed the murder of Nemtsov.
“[We] confirm that the man was killed in central Moscow, documents for the name Boris Efimovich Nemtsov have been found,” Interfax quoted the ministry’s press service as saying.
According to police, Nemtsov was accompanied by a woman at the time of the murder. She is now being questioned.
“The woman who was with him is currently being interrogated in a police department,” the ministry’s official representative, Elena Alekseeva, said, as quoted by Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Earlier, Nemtsov’s colleague has confirmed his death.
“Unfortunately, I’m currently looking at the body of Nemtsov on the Zamoskvoretskiy bridge [near Vasilyevsky spusk],” a fellow member of his RPR-Parnas party, Ilya Yashin, confirmed to RIA Novosti. “I see the body, and a lot of police.”
#Nemtsov was shot dead right in front of the Kremlin. A group of men in a car stopped in front of him and fired 4 shots
— Yury Barmin (@yurybarmin) February 27, 2015
Nemtsov served as Russian deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin. Though he was more involved in business than politics in recent years, Nemtsov voiced opposition to President Vladimir Putin, criticizing the government and its policies. Since 2012, he co-chaired the pro-business party RPR-PARNAS (Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party).
Nemtsov’s assassination comes just one day ahead of the Vesna (“Spring”) opposition rally slated for March 1 in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was “immediately informed” about Nemtsov’s assassination, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
“Putin has stressed that this brutal murder has all [the] signs of a contract murder and is extremely provocative,”Peskov said.
“The president has expressed his deep condolences to the family of tragically deceased Nemtsov,” he added.