A dashcam video has emerged online allegedly showing the spot where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, three minutes after the attack took place in central Moscow on February 27.
The footage came from a car, moving across the Bolshoy
Moskvoretsky Bridge, near the Kremlin, at 00:35 MSK, three
minutes after the fatal shooting.
Journalist Tonya Samsonova posted the video in her blog on Echo of Moscow’s
website. She said the footage has already been handed over to
investigators, and that the owner of the clip gave permission for
it to be published online.
The video shows a snow-cleaning vehicle and a metallic colored
car parked near the pavement where the murder happened.
There are also two human figures in the clip, one of them dressed
in white and the other in dark clothes.
Nemtsov was accompanied by Ukrainian model, Anna Duritskaya, who
was wearing a white coat when the politician was shot and killed.
It’s the second video to surface from the tragic night’s events.
The TVC center had previously released footage from its
all-weather camera overlooking the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge.
Despite its low resolution, you can see traffic and pedestrians
on the bridge in the TVC video.
The murder occurred when Nemtsov and Duritskaya were hidden from
the camera by a snow-clearing vehicle, which was passing by and
The killer, who was apparently waiting for the politician on the
stairs of the bridge, escaped in a car, which stopped near the
murder site to pick him up. A witness told LifeNews, the vehicle
the killer used was a silver-colored Russian-made VAZ-21102, with
plates registered in North Ossetia, a Russian republic.
The second car from the newly emerged dashcam clip is also
present in TVC’s footage. It stops near the snow-cleaning vehicle
and then drives away after remaining at the crime scene for
Nemtsov was hit in the back four times and died at the scene,
while Duritskaya escaped unharmed. The model failed to describe
the killer or the car he used to the police, saying she couldn’t
remember anything due to shock.
According to the media, the killers used three cars on the day of
Nemtsov’s murder and had kept tabs on the politician since the
morning. The police reportedly found one of the cars: a
Ukrainian-made ZAZ Chance, registered to a woman in the Moscow
Region. She had reportedly sold the vehicle some time ago.
REN TV cited a source close to the investigation on Wednesday,
who said investigators have created identikit images of the
perpetrators after tracing their escape route via CCTV footage.
“At least, two people were caught in the frame. We can
already say that these people are likely to be natives of
southern Russia,” the source said, adding that the images of
the suspects won’t be made available to the public.
Investigators are currently looking into five possible motives
behind Nemtsov’s assassination. According to Vladimir Markin,
spokesman for the Investigative Committee, the murder may have
been a provocation to destabilize the political situation in
It could also be linked to threats Nemtsov received over his
stance on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, or the current war
in Ukraine. The politician’s business activities and a possible
assault related to his personal life are also being looked into.
Nemtsov, 55, gained popularity as governor of Nizhny Novgorod
region from 1991-1997. He also served as energy minister and
deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin.
After 1998, he participated in the creation of several liberal
movements and parties, serving as a member of parliament. Since
2012, he had co-chaired the liberal party RPR-PARNAS (Republican
Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party), and was more involved
in business than politics.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will personally oversee
the investigation of the assassination, which he called “vile
Nemtsov’s murder has been condemned around the globe, with US
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urging
a thorough investigation of the crime.
On Sunday, tens of thousands rallied in Moscow and across Russia
in commemoration of the murdered politician.