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Old 22nd February 2016, 14:19
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Worldwide Rallies Planned to Commemorate Anniversary of Boris Nemtsov Murder
EUROMAIDAN PRESS Paula Chertok 2016/02/22

For followers of events in and around Russia and Ukraine, February is a brutal month. You need true grit to get through all the painful anniversaries of recent injustices and tragedies.

February is the anniversary of the tragic deaths of protesters killed in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution. After two years, not a single person has been brought to justice for these “Heavenly Hundred,” even as new General Prosecutors are appointed and fail to deliver. Those who gave their lives for a new democratic Ukraine were honored in an emotional ceremony in Kyiv including beams of light reaching toward the skies in their memory.

It’s also the anniversary of the Minsk Accords which brought together the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia in the Belarus capital in February 2015. After an all-nighter, Putin had played Merkel, Hollande, and Poroshenko into a collective checkmate, resulting in at best an incomplete halt to the fighting in the pro-Russian Donbas region of Ukraine. Soldiers are still dying, POWs are still being held (Nadiya Savchenko is still in a Russian prison), war crimes are being documented, the humanitarian crisis has deepened. Meetings continue, with little progress. Minsk remains unfulfilled.

February is the anniversary of the horrific battle for Debaltseve, the critical railway hub in eastern Ukraine which Russia claimed was not subject to the Minsk agreement they had just helped to author. The brutal fighting raged on, thanks to Russia’s endless supply of heavy weaponry to their separatists until Ukrainian forces were surrounded, then defeated. Combined Russian and separatist forces occupied the devastated city to this day.

And the act that started it all – the invasion of Crimea – began at the end of February 2014 when thousands of Russian troops descended on the peninsula–by land, sea and air–accompanied by a Russian take-over of media, internet and cell phone towers. We know how that ended. Ukraine was forced to abandon Crimea, as Putin’s balaclava-clad gunmen, bizarrely dubbed “polite little green men” stood outside the Crimean Parliament while those inside were shown how to vote for secession from Ukraine. The leaders of the indigenous population of Crimean Tatars refused to acknowledge Russia’s illegal annexation, as did most of the rest of the civilized world. Europe and the US imposed sanctions, and relations between Russia and the West have only grown worse since.

Last year on February 27, 2015, I spent the day thinking about the Russian invasion of Crimea, how quickly Russia had moved to both seize and annex Crimea, how Russia had left the democracies in the West, slow by nature and design, in the dust. As I was reviewing videos and reports from Crimea, I came across some raw footage from closed-circuit cameras located inside the Belbek Airport terminal in Sevastopol, Crimea. What I saw was astounding. In the middle of the night, soldiers clad in full military gear streamed through the turnstiles of the airport, greeted by people who obviously expected their arrival. Russia’s invasion had been recorded for all to see.

We all know now that those Russian soldiers who descended on Crimea were but one part of a Russian campaign to undermine Ukraine’s new post-Maidan government, which leaned West to Europe rather than toward Russia, as Putin had planned. Having failed to keep pro-Russia kleptocrat Yanukovych in power, Putin moved quickly to tear Ukraine apart. The invasion of Crimea which began at the end of February 2014 was the first of many shocking actions by Russia in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Russians who had opposed Putin’s growing autocratic rule found yet another powerful reason to oppose him. Ukraine became a new rallying cry in Russia. Putin’s seizure of Crimea was a shameful betrayal of “brotherly” neighbors and cousins. And Putin’s aggressive misadventure was causing an economic crisis inside Russia, whose economy was deteriorating from a global oil glut exacerbated by Western sanctions. Russia instituted retaliatory sanctions on Western imports, which only increased Russian suffering.

The Russian opposition, made up of a variety of pro-democracy parties, none of whom had widespread influence, began uniting to hold rallies against Putin and against Putin’s now undeclared and nominally covert war in Ukraine. Nemtsov was instrumental in organizing large anti-war rallies in March 2014 and again in September 2014. For the first time since the mass protests against Putin’s re-election in 2012, aggression on Ukraine brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg, marching with both anti-war and anti-Putin banners.

As Putin’s war escalated in Ukraine and Russian soldier “volunteers” had begun secretly coming home in body bags, the Opposition parties now planned another mass demonstration for March 1, 2015. It was to be not only an anti-war protest but a broader anti-crisis protest, connecting Putin’s seizure of Crimea and his subsequent war in Ukraine to the growing social and economic crises in Russia. Boris Nemtsov called it the “Spring” March, cleverly recalling pro-democracy Spring revolutions around the world that had passed Russia by.

Last February, as the anniversary of Russia’s Crimea invasion approached, Nemtsov was campaigning together with Alexey Navalny and others to spread the word of the Spring March 1 protest. Russian television systematically excluded the opposition, so their efforts were largely grassroots–social media, independent Echo Moscow radio interviews, word of mouth, and handing out leaflets. The campaign was so energized. History, truth, and momentum seemed to be on their side. Winter was nearly over, a new symbolic Spring was just around the corner.

In the weeks leading up to the Spring March, Russia’s propaganda campaign against Ukraine and Russian supporters of Ukraine reached a fever pitch. Fascists, Nazis, ultra-nationalist Ukrainians, Russian haters had taken over Ukraine, according to the nonstop and shameless propaganda broadcast on every Russian-language channel. Russian patriots were taking to the streets, holding rallies to support Russian volunteers going to fight those awful fascists in Ukraine. Russian nationalists and pro-Kremlin groups were now called themselves Anti-Maidan, as the disinformation campaign turned Ukraine’s “Maidan” into a dirty word. Only in Russia would a pro-democracy protest of ordinary people be a bad thing.

And it wasn’t just bad. The Kremlin presented Maidan as dark, evil, violent and destructive, bombarding TV viewers with frightening images of fire and clashes. Nevermind that the fires were started to protect protesters from riot police who attacked and beat them. That was not part of the story. In fact, the entire protest that was Maidan was not the story. In Russia the clashes were the only story. They were evil, and the Ukrainians were evil, and they were supported by the evilest of them all, Obama and the CIA. Russians with pro-Ukraine sympathies were now routinely called traitors. Putin even referred to a Stalineque “fifth column” of “enemies of the people” who seek to overthrow Russia. Banners began appearing in Moscow with portraits of leading opposition figures as traitors and aliens, not true Russians.

A year ago today, on Feb 20, pro-Kremlin groups held a large pro-Putin Anti-Maidan rally in Moscow with appalling rhetoric echoing Kremlin propaganda bashing Ukraine, the US and Europe, while co-opting the anti-war message. Among the many banners praising Putin for standing up to the evil ones, there were some very ugly signs.

The one that stood out to me was a placard with a portrait of Boris Nemtsov, naming him as an organizer of Ukraine’s Maidan, clearly suggesting he was working to do the same in Russia. I remember thinking, Nemtsov made Maidan happen?? They must be crazy. I didn’t realize the magnitude.

One week later, on February 27, 2015, on the one-year anniversary of Russian troops streaming through those turnstiles in that Crimean airport, the anniversary of the beginning of the first invasion of a sovereign European country since World War II, Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in central picturesque Moscow, on a bridge within a stone’s throw from the Kremlin walls, the seat of Putin’s power. Russia’s Spring was dead. Boris Nemtsov’s Spring March became his funeral procession. A tragedy of immense proportions, personally and politically.

If Crimea was Putin’s first shocking punch against the accepted world order, the assassination of Boris Nemtsov was the knockout. Few outside Crimea and Ukraine have talked about Crimea since. On the day we should have been scrutinizing the events in Crimea, seeing the parallels between Putin’s strategy in Crimea and Donbas, documenting Russia’s involvement, we learned the horrific news that Nemtsov was dead. The assassination of Boris Nemtsov–the most prominent of Russia’s opposition leaders, the best known in the West, the one who Anthony Bourdain dined with on his trip to Russia–was the ultimate Kremlin hybrid war “distraction,” shifting focus away from Putin’s actions in Crimea.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Old 27th February 2016, 19:34
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Today I was able to watch the Nemtsov memorial march taking place on livestream internet from Moscow. Many brave "activists" spoke out against their regime and one brave lady said "there can be no freedom in Russia all the time Putin lives. There were many thousands forming a long line and I believe they were given a two hour period by the police before the march had to officially end.
At least 44,000 march for Nemtsov in Moscow (LIVE STREAM)
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Nemtsov's killers reportedly revealed due to accidental call
17.03.2016 | 12:00 UNIAN

Anzor Gubashev, one of the alleged killers of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, unwittingly assisted the investigators in identification and arrest of a criminal group. After committing the crime, he made an accidental call using an illegally purchased SIM card, thus revealing himself and other accomplices, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, with reference to a source close to the investigation.

It is noted that the very next day after the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the investigation had at its disposal a list of all mobile phone numbers and data on SIM cards active near the crime scene.

The investigators focused only on a few suspicious SIM cards and mobile phones. The numbers were active before the murder – up to the moment when Nemtsov was shot. After the shooting, all communication was dropped.

However, it was impossible to identify the owners of these numbers due to the fact that the SIM cards were purchased illegally.

However, two days after the murder of Boris Nemtsov, one of the disabled SIM cards suddenly appeared in the network just for a few seconds – the owner made a very short call to Ingushetia.

The investigators found out that another SIM card had previously worked in the same mobile phone – officially registered on Ingushetia resident Anzor Gubashev, who lived in Moscow. His links, telephone contacts and data from surveillance cameras allowed police to quickly identify four other alleged accomplices in the murder and detain them almost simultaneously, exactly one week after the crime.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Nemtsov, co-chairman of the RPR-Parnas political party, was shot dead in downtown Moscow on February 27, 2015. Five men, including suspected perpetrator Zaur Dadayev, have been formally charged in the murder case. They do not admit their guilt.

In November 2015, a Moscow court arrested in absentia a suspected organizer of Nemtsov's murder, Ruslan Muhudinov, an officer of Chechnya's Sever battalion. A criminal case against him and other unidentified persons is investigated separately.
Nemtsov's killers reportedly revealed due to accidental call : UNIAN news
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Ruslan Geremeev fails to appear in court for the Nemtsov case
MEDUZA Source:Interfax 06:25, 13 december 2016

Ruslan Geremeev, former deputy commander of the battalion Sever, failed to appear at Moscow's District Military Court on Tuesday to testify in the trial on the murder of oppositionist leader Boris Nemtsov. The court agreed to call Geremeev's nephew Arthur in for questioning, as well.

The court secretary said that neither he nor his nephew, Artur Geremeev, appeared at the December 13th hearing. The reasons for their absence have not be specified.

On December 6, the court granted the defense the right to question Ruslan Geremeev and his nephew on the murder of Boris Nemtsov. It agreed to call the former's nephew Artur Geremeev in for questioning, as well. Then, Olga Mikhailova, a lawyer representing the injured party, said that Geremeev had served with Zaur Dadaev, who investigators believe to be the direct perpetrator of the murder. Prosecutor Maria Semenenko supported the victim's petition. Several other defense lawyers involved in the case also supported the request.

The judge refused to call to summon Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to court.

The case of the murder of Nemtsov began at the Moscow District Military Court in early October. There are five defendants in the case, including Zaur Dadaev, a former member of the Chechen battalion Sever and allegedly the main perpetrator of the crime. All the accused have pleaded not guilty.

Investigators believe that the murder was ordered by Ruslan Muhudinov. There is a warrant out for his arrest. The investigation against him and other unidentified suspects continues.

Nemtsov family representatives have repeatedly claimed that the murder was ordered by former Sever battalion officer Ruslan Geremeev.

Boris Nemtsov was one of the most prominent Russian politicians of the 1990s and 2000s. After serving as governor of the Nizhniy Novgorod region from 1991-1997, he was at one time vetted as President Boris Yeltsin’s potential successor. Nemtsov was also a long-time leader of the liberal Soyus Pravykh Sil (Union of Right Forces).

In the 2000s, Nemtsov became an opposition leader and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He authored several works on corruption in Russia and the enrichment of Putin’s inner circle.

Nemtsov was shot and killed within several yards of the Kremlin.
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Russian Prosecutor Urges Guilty Verdict in Nemtsov Killing
VOICE OF AMERICA June 01, 2017

The prosecutor at the trial of five men charged with killing Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in Moscow in 2015 has urged jurors to find them guilty.

Wrapping up the state's case Thursday, Maria Semenenko said their guilt was undisputed.

She also told the official Itar-Tass news agency that investigators had used special equipment during a re-enactment of the crime that placed the defendants' mobile phones at the site of Nemtsov's death when the shots were fired.

"Step by step, using the process of elimination, the investigators uncovered the entire chain of the crime, thanks to that expertise," she told Itar-Tass.

The defense argued that no one could prove a motive for the killing.

Nemtsov was gunned down just steps from the Kremlin in February 2015. He was a popular opposition leader and a strong critic of Russian support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Five suspects from Chechnya or Ingushetia were arrested. One of them confessed but later recanted, claiming he had been tortured.

A former Chechen security official, Ruslan Mukhudinov, is accused of paying the suspects to kill Nemtsov. He is at large. https://www.voanews.com/a/russian-pr...g/3883307.html
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Washington, D.C., Votes To Name Street Outside Russian Embassy After Nemtsov

The U.S. capital’s city council plans to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a move that Moscow has complained about.

In separate votes on January 9, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act in its first reading and unanimously approved the renaming "on an emergency basis" pending final adoption of the permanent legislation.

The city initiative renames the block of Wisconsin Avenue that is home to the Russian Embassy in honor of Nemtsov, a reformist politician and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin who was shot dead on a bridge near the Kremlin on February 27, 2015.

D.C. authorities must still get a permit from the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Homeland Security, but council officials said a ceremony to erect the plaque noting the name change has tentatively been set for the third anniversary of his killing.

Federal legislation on renaming the portion of the major thoroughfare was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in 2017 but has not been passed.

The Senate bill specifies that the address of the compound containing Russia’s embassy, consulate, and ambassador’s residence would be changed to 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza.

Russian officials in the past have expressed opposition to the renaming to their U.S. counterparts. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by state-run TASS news agency on January 10 as saying it is up to the D.C. authorities to decide how they want to name the street in front of the embassy.

"This is a prerogative of the city authorities,” he said, although he added it comes at a time when “bilateral relations between the two countries still leave much to be desired, mildly speaking."

Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, wrote on Facebook after the city council vote that it would take effect on February 27.

In Moscow, Nemtsov supporters have established a makeshift memorial in his honor on the bridge where he was shot dead. But it has been repeatedly ransacked or removed by police or unknown people.

A plaque honoring Nemtsov that was mounted on his Moscow apartment building in September was declared illegal by city officials and was removed after less than one week by a radical pro-Kremlin activist group called SERB.

In June, a Moscow court found five men from Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya guilty of Nemtsov’s murder, and in July it sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 11 to 20 years.

But relatives and associates believe the killing was ordered at a higher level. They say justice will not be served until the person or people who ordered his assassination are identified and prosecuted.

At a public hearing in Washington in December, Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna Nemtsova told the city council that Putin’s government wanted to "eradicate the memory" of her father.

She said the Kremlin "believes -- correctly -- that symbols are important and can potentially facilitate and inspire change."

"This explains the nervous reaction from the Russian Foreign Ministry when they first heard of the Washington, D.C., [street-naming] initiative," Nemtsova said.

"In today’s Russia, where politics is dominated by isolationism and an archaic mind-set, the symbols of openness, a global-thinking democratic approach, and market reforms are much needed," Nemtsova told the council.

Mary Cheh, a city council member who co-sponsored the Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act, said that "there is little doubt that his murder was motivated by his political beliefs, his popularity, and his frequent and open criticism of the Russian government."

Cheh also said that while Russian officials had repeatedly removed signs in Russia that memorialize Nemtsov, "the Russian government will not be able to do it here." Washington, D.C., Votes To Name Street Outside Russian Embassy After Nemtsov - Human Rights in Ukraine
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4,500 participate in memorial march for Boris Nemtsov in Moscow
UAWIRE ORG February 25, 2018 10:36:56 PM

About 4,500 took part in a march in Moscow in memory of the politician Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in 2015, reports RBC news agency, citing the press service of the Moscow administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Ministry noted that police and the National Guard provided security for the event.

Vladimir Chernikov, Head of the Department of Regional Security and Counteracting Corruption of Moscow, said that there were no incidents during the event, reported RIA Novosti. “Everything is all right, everything is calm,” he said.

According to RBC, the march ended at 3:00 p.m. According to the association The White Counter, there were 7,600 people participating in the march at 2:30 when it was nearing its conclusion.

On Sunday, February 25, the procession in honor of Nemtsov’s memory went from Strastnoy Boulevard to Sakharov Avenue. After the conclusion of the march, the participants laid flowers at the site where the politician was murdered.

Participating in the march were presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, municipal deputy and leader of the Solidarnost political movement Ilya Yashin, the chairman of the PARNAS Party Mikhail Kasyanov, and former State Duma deputies Dmitry and Gennady Gudkov.

Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge on the night of February 28, 2015. The man, who shot him, Zaur Dadaev, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in July 2017. Other defendants in the case, the brothers Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, were sentenced to 19 and 16 years in prison. Temirlan Eskerkhanov was sentenced to 14 years, and Khamzat Bakhayev to 11 years. UAWire - 4,500 participate in memorial march for Boris Nemtsov in Moscow
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