Boris Nemtsov is aPresident is a formidable rival Vladimir PutinRussia’s leader race. He achieved fame in the 1990sHis deputy prime minister was Boris Yeltsin. He was widely regarded as his successor. Putin, however, came to power.He was relegated to the margins of Russian politics.
Nemtsov was killed just meters from the Kremlin in February 2015. Just days earlier, he was leading a protest against the war. He was an active activist.Exposing corruption and denouncing the attack on RussiaIn 2014, eastern UkraineThis ended with the annexe of Crimea.
Five Chechen men were quickly detained and were later sentenced to prison for her murder. However, official analysis didn’t reveal who was responsible for the crime or for whom the suspects were working.
Seven years later, Bellingcat, The Insider, and BBC investigate to discover that he was being monitored across Russia in the months leading up to his death by an agent of the Russian government. secret assassination squad
Nemtsov traveled most of his life from Moscow, where it was his home, to Yaroslavl (272 km northeast of Moscow). Sukharev was aware of Nemtsov’s plans before he arrived in the city.
An FSB agent explained to him that if you were a FSB official, it would be possible to log in to that database and see for a specific person all the tickets they have bought or are purchasing at this moment. BBC.
This information can be leaked on the black marketplace, but it could also end up in government hands. Sukharev wasn’t just a low-ranking FSB operative on routine business. Bellingcat reports that he was also connected to two other assassination plots linked to prominent Putin critics.
One of them was Vladimir Kara-Murza, Nemtsov’s friend and protégé, who in the weeks after the assassination blamed the Kremlin. Sukharev infiltrated the Kazan office of officials who were also there at the time as Kara-Murza. Kara-Murza was returned to Moscow two days later when he fell unconscious, went into a coma, and eventually recovered. He was again poisoned in 2017, but he survived. Russian authorities deny any allegations in this case.
Alexei Navalni was the other target. His anti-corruption videos reached millions of Russians and he was now being held in prison. He was poisoned in 2020 with Novichok. The FSB found Navalni before the poisoning and followed him to Tomsk. Although Sukharev wasn’t part of the team that accompanied him in his poisoning, phone records indicate that he had exchanged at most 145 calls with four other members of the team over the past months.
“All this has nothing to do with the Russian government. It looks like another invention, ”says the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, about the Russian government’s involvement.