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A happy man The life of Boris Nemtsov

Source: Meduza
Photo: Nikolay Moshkov / TASS / Scanpix

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in a drive-by shooting in Moscow on February 27. He was walking near the Kremlin, when an unidentified man shot him at least four times, killing him on the spot.

Nemtsov was among Russia’s most prominent liberal politicians. His entered politics in 1991, when he was elected governor of Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region. After six years, he joined the Yeltsin Administration as deputy prime minister, serving in this role from 1997 to 1998. He later won a seat in the Duma, before leaving the parliament to join the opposition and become a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin. Meduza recalls the many milestones of Boris Nemtsov’s political career. 

Boris Nemtsov with his daughter, Zhanna, in the mid-1980s.
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Boris Nemtsov with his wife and daughter in Nizhny Novgorod, October 10, 1996.
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Governor Nemtsov with the economist Grigoriy Yavlinsky in Nizhny Novgorod, December 30, 1992.
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Boris Nemtsov as deputy prime minister during a working visit to Samara, May 1997.
Photo: Nikolay Nikitin / TASS / Scanpix
Governor Nemtsov agrees to join the government as a deputy prime minister at a meeting with President Boris Yeltsin, March 17, 1997.
Photo: Chumichev / TASS / Scanpix
Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov during a visit to a mine in Russia’s Rostov region, May 22, 1998.
Photo: Valeriy Matitsyn / TASS / Scanpix
Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in Baikonur, meeting with cosmonauts before a launch, August 13, 1998.
Photo: Alexander Nechayev / TASS / Scanpix
Nemtsov at a concert in Moscow’s Red Square sponsored by his party, the Union of Right Forces, August 29, 1999.
Photo: Boris Kavashkin / TASS / Scanpix
Nemtsov with colleague Irina Khakamada at a concert in Moscow, August 29, 1999.
Photo: Boris Kavashkin / TASS / Scanpix
Irina Khakamada, Boris Nemtsov, and Pavel Krasheninnikov in the Russian Duma, March 20, 2003.
Photo: Dmitry Dukhanin / Kommersant
Boris Nemtsov with Yulia Timoshenko and Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, January 23, 2005.
Photo: Dmitry Azarov / Kommersant
Nemtsov is detained at an opposition rally in St. Petersburg, November 25, 2007.
Photo: Andrey Sidorov / Interpress / PhotoXPress
Boris Nemtsov at his campaign headquarters before the Sochi mayoral election, April 26, 2009.
Photo: Viktor Klyushkin / TASS / Scanpix
Nemtsov is detained at an opposition rally in Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square, August 2, 2010.
Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS / Scanpix
Boris Nemtsov as co-chairman of the Solidarnost (Solidarity) movement at an opposition rally in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, April 16, 2011.
Photo: Artyom Korotaev / TASS / Scanpix
Nemtsov speaking at an opposition rally in Moscow, December 24, 2011.
Photo: Valeriy Sharifulin / TASS / Scanpix
Oppositionists Boris Nemtsov, Ilya Yashin, Evgenia Chirikova, and Alexey Navalny in Moscow during the Million Man March, which ended in clashes with the police, May 6, 2012.
Photo: Alexander Miridonov / Kommersant
Boris Nemtsov as co-chairman of the People’s Freedom Party with Alexey Navalny and his wife at an event in Moscow to support the defendants in the Bolotnoye Case (which targeted more than two dozen protesters arrested at the Million Man March), August 25, 2012.
Photo: Alexandra Krasnova / TASS / Scanpix
Boris Nemtsov at a rally in Yaroslavl, September 5, 2013.
Photo: Anna Solovieva / RIA Novosti / Scanpix
Governor Boris Nemtsov above Nizhny Novgorod in a hot air balloon during a test flight with the traveler-balloonist Valentin Efremov, March 23, 1996.
Photo: Nikolay Moshkov / TASS / Scanpix