After Years of Battling Nemtsov, the Kremlin Battles His Memory

About Memory Boris Nemtsov

World Affairs
After Years of Battling Nemtsov, the Kremlin Battles His Memory
Spotlight on Russia
Vladimir Kara-Murza
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.

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Premier of the film «That doesn’t mean you have to kill him» FILM

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.
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Olga Lekhtonen: «This is only about God…»

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.
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