Former Nemtsov comrade: it would be hard to imagine that a political assassination of this scale would not be compatible with Putin

Nemtsov, one of Russia’s fiercest critics of Vladimir Putin, was shot dead near the Kremlin on February 27, 2015.

Every year on the day of his death, an action – the March of Nemtsov – is a march to honor the opposition, as well as a protest against the crimes committed by the current Kremlin regime.

Ivan Tiutrin, the executive secretary of the Free Russia Forum, who is organizing the commemoration in Vilnius, says that the Nemtsov march is more than a commemoration of the opposition.

“The Nemtsov march has political, but also personal significance. Politically, this is important because Boris Nemtsov actively fought against Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship and for a free Russia. He was one of the leaders of the opposition and his assassination marked the beginning of a new phase of dictatorship in Russia. In my view, it is very important to remember Mr Nemtsov’s civic and political positions. B. Nemtsov is one of the symbols of resistance to the regime, “I. Tiutrin emphasized.

According to I. Tiutrin, the murder of B. Nemtsov became a personal tragedy for him, because they were connected by close ties.

“In a human sense, we have worked with him a lot. We met practically every day for several years. As a result, it is a very painful loss for me. It is very important to me that B. Nemtsov is not forgotten and such actions take place, so this year I took the initiative and invited everyone to the square of his name, “said I.Tutrinas.

Arno Strumila / 15min photo / Boris Nemtsov’s anniversary

Thank you for your support to Lithuania

Lithuanian politicians – Member of the Seimas Emanuelis Zingeris and MEP Petras Auštrevičius – also took part in the event in Vilnius.

According to E. Zingeris, B. Nemtsov’s march is an expression of gratitude for the fact that B. Nemtsov was among the Russian Democrats who supported Lithuania’s independence.

He also expressed hope that one day Nemtsov’s dream will come true and Russia will become an independent, democratic state.

The parliamentarian stressed that Nemtsov’s murder had not been fully investigated.

“Until we know the real culprits, Russia will not be able to call itself a state that respects the principles of human rights and democracy,” Zinger said.

Vague investigation

Nemtsov’s murder was prosecuted and the perpetrators convicted. Nevertheless, the family and comrades of the deceased opposition are still convinced that the real perpetrators of the murder have not yet been revealed.

In 2017, a court found a former security official from Chechnya guilty of murdering an opposition figure and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Four more men were found guilty of complicity.

According to I. Tiutrin, the organizer of B. Nemtsov’s march in Vilnius, V. Putin is definitely behind the murder of the opposition.

“The murder took place in the most monitored and filmed place in Moscow – there are many cameras there, the territory is constantly monitored by many officials. It was quite obvious that the first people in the country just couldn’t help but know what was going on there.

“Given Putin’s dictatorship, how strictly the regime controls the country’s life, it would be difficult to imagine that such a large-scale political assassination would be carried out without coordination with Putin,” said Nemtsov’s former partner.

It is important to fight together

Sviatlana Kubrak, a Belarusian who has been living in Lithuania since November, also came to the Nemtsov march. According to the girl, it is very important for Belarusians to fight for liberation and democracy together with the Russians, because the regimes governing the two countries are closely interlinked.

“Vladimir Putin is making a significant contribution to the repression in Belarus, as he issues so-called credits to Aliaksandr Lukashenko year after year, and in fact these are subsidies that support the regime. That is why it is very important for us to help Russia become free, because when it becomes a democracy, the Belarussian regime will not hold up either, because it is only thanks to Russia, “Kubrak said.

There will be no march in Moscow

The traditionally organized March of B. Nemtsov will not take place in Moscow – the organizers decided not to organize a mass gathering.

Due to the danger of a pandemic, all mass events and pickets are currently banned in Moscow.

Photo by Scanpix / Place where opposition activist Boris Nemtsov was killed

Photo by Scanpix / Place where opposition activist Boris Nemtsov was killed

Opposition Ilya Yashin, a DW opposition to the German news portal, revealed that although there will be no march, everyone who wishes is invited to lay a flower ring on the Nemtsov memorial – a memorial site maintained by volunteers at the murder site for several years.

The Moscow authorities do not like this – the improvised memorial is constantly being demolished and the volunteers who are supervising it are detained.

The last such action was taken a week ago, with the Moscow authorities fearing possible unrest and protests over the imprisonment of another prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navaln.

The annual Nemtsov March brings together tens of thousands of participants from around the world.

In order to commemorate B. Nemtsov’s memory, in 2018 Vilnius City Municipality named a small square near the Russian embassy in the name of a murdered politician.

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