About Memory Boris Nemtsov
After Years of Battling Nemtsov, the Kremlin Battles His Memory
Spotlight on Russia
28 September 2017
For more than two years now, anyone walking across Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge—steps away from Moscow’s iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral and a few hundred yards from the Kremlin wall—passes by a small makeshift memorial made of a few buckets with fresh flowers by the sidewalk, handwritten posters, candles, Orthodox icons. A confident man smiling from the photographs. This is the spot where, on the night of February 27, 2015, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, five bullets to his back, by an Interior Ministry officer subordinate to Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin’s man in Chechnya. While the hired guns have been convicted, no one is really pretending to look higher up the chain of command.
Film about Boris Nemtsov
Premier of the film «That doesn’t mean you have to kill him»
Author Leonid S. Martynyuk
Washington, 6 October
Here is text from Leonid S. Martynyuk’s speech at the presentation of his short film about the perpetrators of Boris Nemtsov’s death:
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped to organize this presentation. I am grateful for this opportunity to show you our documentary, which is very important for me. Boris Nemtsov was my colleague and friend. He was a man whom you can rely. I think a matter of honor do not forget and to seek justice. And I will.
From February 7, 2016 year
Moscow, Bolshoy Moskvoretsky bridge («Nemtsov» bridge)
«What is night NEMTSOV bridge?»
Original «Ночной Немцов мост»
Probably for me in the first place some kind of peace. Around quiet, very quiet. And yet it is support each other. I (for many it will sound strange) against the winter night shifts, but I am on duty, and probably will continue to be on night duty. Why? It is prohibited to leave a person on the bridge at night alone. It’s simply dangerous. So the night bridge for me — it is solidarity with friends and strangers, with those whom I already know well and those whom have yet to know. And yet it is long conversations, and sometimes you can learn about people, it is interesting and unusual. Will you less respect and love the person after. No. If he tells you about it, then it’s in the past.
Andrew Osborn for Reuters
Original article, Reuters
As the Kremlin clock inched toward midnight and the ice-bound river beneath their feet melted, a group of Russians silently stood on the bridge where Boris Nemtsov, the Putin critic and opposition leader, was killed nearly a year ago.
«This is about remembering,» Boris Kazadayev, 73, part of the small crowd, told Reuters. «If there is no collective memory, the country won’t have a future.»
Moments later, a snow plough mounted the pavement forcing the crowd to the kerb. Two trucks then reversed within inches of people’s backs and trapped them before dumping piles of snow around them.
«Nemtsov Bridge» — activists’ nickname for the spot where the Putin opponent was shot dead on Feb. 27 last year — has become the scene of a cat-and-mouse struggle between the authorities and the liberal opposition who want to honor a man some Russians say the Kremlin would rather forget.
Supporters bring flowers for a makeshift shrine; the authorities sweep the site clean; his supporters rebuild. It’s a sequence that has played out repeatedly, in all weathers, for at least 300 days.
«It is a model of peaceful resistance that is unique for modern Russia,» said Olga Shorina, a Nemtsov ally.
«It has become a symbol of the fact that there’s a desire for an alternative.»
Olga Lekhtonen wrote at
«This is only about God. Because what really matters here is truth, and truth cannot be slain, even by four bullets to the back»
Well, after getting enough sleep I finally feel ready to relate what has happened.
It was all great. About 150 people came to the memorial. They were zealous and ready to work as one big team. There were no excuses offered, there was no hesitation.It was as if they’d always been doing this job. After we had lit the candles , we set the sign with the words ‘Nemtsov Bridge’. The sign is blue, as everything in sight on Moscow’s buildings must be this color.
I’d give anything just for there no longer to be a reason to hang the sign. I’ve still got a book on Yaroslavl sitting on my shelf. On the bridge there’s still in place something we call a mourning calendar, which counts the days since Boris was murdered. I still remember how I felt when I first saw our duty gyus removing the flowers from the memorial. I was totally devastated. What I saw has been eating me ever since. In any case, I’ve overcome my fear and found my courage. I’ve always had to find strength within myself.