According to a report by "The Economist", Boris Nemtsov was murdered on February 27 by assassins while the security services of the Kremlin witnessed the crime. Nemtsov is an opposition politician. "The Economist" described him in the following way.
- Almost unique among Russian politicians, Mr Nemtsov remained scrupulously honest and sincere throughout his political career. He earned no riches, and at age 53 returned to grassroots politics, winning election as a deputy in the local council in Yaroslavl. Physically fit, he considered himself a marathon runner in politics. Mr Nemtsov could fairly claim to have spent his life guided by values rather than interests or ideology.
According to a report by the "New York Times", Nemtsov was preparing to publish a pamphlet illustrating Russian involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. He appears to have uncovered some sensitive information, and it convinced a faction in the Kremlin to kill him.