Human Rights Council calls for public oversight of investigation into murder of Boris Nemtsov

posted 5 Mar 2015, 14:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Mar 2015, 14:56 ]
3 March 2015

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The Presidential Human Rights Council intends to work closely with the Interior Ministry via the ministry’s public council in order to ensure public oversight over the investigation into the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Izvestiya reports, citing Anatoly Kucherena, lawyer and member of the Human Rights Council.

According to Kucherena, the investigation ‘should examine each version of events, including those put forward by Boris Efimovich’s colleagues and personal acquaintances and friends.”

Another member of the Human Rights Council, Iosef Diskin, also confirmed the plans to exercise public oversight, as reported by He further clarified that “it is vital that the Human Rights Council exercise public oversight, but without setting up any separate groups […] We must consider the dangers of setting up such groups: the groups’ members will be asked to provide certain information. However, the group will not have access to materials from the investigation. If materials were then leaked by illegal methods, then the potential premature release of information by group members would do more harm than good to the investigation.”

Boris Nemtsov was killed on the night of 28th February 2015 on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in the very centre of Moscow, within view of the Kremlin. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened a criminal investigation into murder and illegal arms trafficking.

A video recording from a 24-hour camera has determined the time of the crime and established the order of events. The recording shows two figures, presumably Nemtsov and his girlfriend Anna Duritskaya, walking along the bridge towards Bolotnaya Square. However, at the moment of the murder a snow removing vehicle [for some reason or other] comes between the figures and camera. A second later, a figure can be seen running from behind the road service vehicle out into the road. He jumps into a white car (a Ford Focus?) and in that way escapes from the scene.

The most pertinent questions concerning the murder being posed by civil activists are:

Are checks being carried out on the government employees charged with following Boris Nemtsov?

Will members of the so-called group “Antimaidan’ organization, who publicly threatened representatives of the opposition with extrajudicial repercussions, be questioned?

Translated by Holly Jones