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Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Борис Ефимович Немцóв; 9 October 1959 – 27 February 2015) was a Russian scientist, statesman and liberal politician.. He had a successful political career during the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin, and since 2000 had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin.. In February 2015, while in Moscow where he was helping organise a rally against Putin's policies regarding Russian involvement in the war in Ukraine and the financial crisis in Russia, he was shot dead less than 200 metres from the Moscow Kremlin walls and Red Square..Boris Efimovich Nemtsov was born in Sochi to Yefim Davidovich Nemtsov and Dina Yakovlevna (née Eidman) Nemtsova.. His mother is Jewish.. In his autobiography, Nemtsov recounts that his Russian Orthodox paternal grandmother had him baptized as an infant, something Nemtsov, who was a practicing Orthodox Christian, found out many years later..From 1976–81, he studied physics at State University of Gorky, where, in 1985, he earned his PhD in Physics and Mathematics, defending his dissertation at the age of 25. Until 1990 Nemtsov worked as a research fellow at the Gorky Radio-Physics Research Institute..Nemtsov was a candidate of physico-mathematical sciences and the author of more than 60 academic publications related to quantum physics, thermodynamics and acoustics.. He invented an acoustics laser and a novel design of antennas for space apparatus..In 1986, in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Nemtsov organized a protest movement in his hometown, which effectively prevented the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the region...

Vladimir Putin with Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right Forces parliamentary party, July 2000...

During the 1991 attack on the government by those opposed to Yeltsin, Nemtsov was a vehement supporter of the president, and stood by him during the entire clash.. After the events of October 1991, Nemtsov’s loyalty was rewarded with the position of presidential representative in his home region of Nizhny Novgorod..Between 2000 and 2003 Nemtsov was in a difficult political position. While he vehemently opposed what he believed to be President Vladimir Putin's policies of rolling back democracy and civic freedoms in Russia, he had to collaborate with the powerful co-chairman of the Union of Rightist Forces, Anatoly Chubais, who favoured a more conciliatory line towards the Kremlin..In February 2004, Nemtsov was appointed as a director of the Neftyanoi Bank, and Chairman of Neftyanoi Concern, the bank’s parent company. In December 2005, however, prosecutors announced that the bank would be subject to an investigation following allegations of money laundering and fraud.. Nemtsov subsequently stepped down from both his positions in the company citing that he wanted to minimize the political fallout that may ensue because of his continuing involvement in Russian politics...

The relationship between Nemtsov and the Ukrainian government became unstable in the middle of 2005, when a group of legislators called for Yushchenko to fire Nemtsov following accusations that Nemtsov criticized Ukrainian cabinet decisions..He remained as an economic adviser to Yushchenko, despite the criticism, until October 2006, when the office of the Ukrainian president announced that Nemtsov had been “relieved of his duties as a free lance presidential adviser”..On 27 April 2009 it was announced that the acting Sochi mayor and United Russia candidate Anatoly Pakhomov had won the election with 77% of the vote..On 16 December 2010, Putin stated, in a live television broadcast, that during the 1990s, Nemtsov, Milov and Ryzhkov "dragged a lot of billions along with Berezovsky and those who are now in prison..They have been pulled away from the manger, they had been spending heavily, and now they want to go back and fill their pockets"..Nemtsov condemned the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine: "My condolences to the families of the victims.. The bastards, who did this, must be destroyed.. The separatists the other day bragged they had the Buk missiles, with which they wanted to take down an AN-26.. If those are them, they must get no mercy"..

In September 2014, Nemtsov wrote in the Kyiv Post: "...current events indicate that the most nightmarish, the most bloody scenario of fratricidal war is already developing.. This is not our war, this is not your war, this is not the war of 20-year old paratroopers sent out there.. This is Vladimir Putin's war"..Before midnight (at 23:40 GMT+4) on 27 February 2015 in Moscow, Nemtsov was shot 4 times in the back as he was walking less than 200 metres from the Moscow Kremlin walls and Red Square (55.7495°N 37.62421°E) with Anna Durytska, a Ukrainian model.. He was crossing the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge when "several people" got out of a white car and shot him in the back, according to the Russian media..The night following the murder of Nemtsov a search was performed in his flat on Malaya Ordynka street. His papers, writings and electronics were confiscated..Fewer than 3 weeks before his murder, on 10 February, Nemtsov wrote "I'm afraid Putin will kill me". This statement appeared on Russia's Sobesednik news website. News agencies reported a Kremlin spokesman saying that the killing had been condemned by Putin..Moti Nissani, Professor emeritus, Wayne State University: "most likely, the CIA is behind the assassination of Boris Nemtsov"..

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will do everything possible to bring to justice those who committed the "vile and cynical" murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov..In a telegram to Mr Nemtsov's mother, published on the Kremlin website, Mr Putin offered condolences and praised Mr Nemtsov's openness and honesty..Mr Nemtsov was shot 4 times in the back on a bridge near the Kremlin..Western leaders demanded a transparent investigation into the killing..In the telegram to Mr Nemtsov's 86-year-old mother, Dina Eydman, Mr Putin said: "We will do everything to ensure that the perpetrators of this vile and cynical crime and those who stand behind them are properly punished."..He said: "Please accept my deepest condolences in connection with this irreparable loss. I sincerely share your sorrow... have better cars, you know..Ah, but they don't always take you where you want to go, do they?..Exactly, and me a Siberian, I'm used to the cold...
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