Boris Nemtsov: ‘I’m afraid Putin will kill me,’ politician said weeks before being shot dead

The Russian opposition politician shot dead in Moscow had spoken of his fear that Vladimir Putin would have him killed weeks before his murder.

Speaking to Russia’s Sobesednik news website on 10 February, Boris Nemtsov said: “I’m afraid Putin will kill me. I believe that he was the one who unleashed the war in the Ukraine. I couldn’t dislike him more.”

Friends said he had received anonymous death threats over the internet.

“Boris periodically received anonymous threats on social networking sites…Boris was worried,” said opposition politician Ilya Yashin.

“He said he was under threat but never wanted additional security. (He said) if they want to kill (me) they will kill (me).”

Mr Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by a gunman in a car as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin just before midnight on Friday, police said.

The 55-year-old was walking with a Ukrainian woman after they ate at a restaurant in Red Square. She escaped unhurt.

The Kremlin said last night that President Putin will personally oversee the Interior Ministry’s investigation into the murder.

Full article: Boris Nemtsov: ‘I’m afraid Putin will kill me,’ politician said weeks before being shot dead (The Independent)

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