Boris Nemtsov’s Girlfriend: ‘I Saw No One’

The woman who was with Boris Nemtsov when he was fatally shot in Moscow has said she is being held against her will by Russian investigators.

In a Skype interview with Russian news channel Dozhd, Anna Duritskaya, 23, added she did not see the former opposition leader’s killer as the shots were fired behind her.

The Ukrainian model added she had little recollection of the moment the gunman struck while the couple walked across a bridge in Moscow after having dinner in Red Square.

“I don’t want to answer questions about what happened on the bridge. I don’t want to talk about this,” she said.

“I am in a very difficult psychological condition and I cannot talk about this any more now. I feel bad? I saw no one. I don’t know where he came from – he was behind my back.”

Ms Duritskaya claimed she had been under constant police guard since the shooting and her detention meant she would be unable to attend Mr Nemtsov’s funeral. All she wanted to do, she said, was to go home to her mother in Ukraine.

“I have every right to leave the territory of the Russian Federation. I am not a suspect,” she said. “I am a witness who gave full testimony and did everything possible to assist the investigation.

“They are physically not allowing me to go anywhere without them,” she added, referring to Russian investigators. “They have explained to me that this is for security reasons.”

Mr Nemtsov is due to be buried in Moscow on Tuesday.

The former deputy prime minister was an outspoken critic of President VladimirPutin and his killing has deepened a divide in Russia between liberals and Putin supporters.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of central Moscow on Sunday to honour his legacy. Opposition leaders said the protest was also aimed at stopping a “campaign of hate” directed at those who question MrPutin’s rule.

Many of the demonstrators carried portraits Mr Nemtsov, as well as placards declaring “I am not afraid” and “He died for Russia’s future”.

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2 March 2015 | 5:38 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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