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Putin critic Boris Nemtsov murder: Witness' mother speaks out!

Apr 6th 2015 at 2:40 AM

The mother of the girlfriend to slain Russian opposition chief Boris Nemtsov says her daughter is under constant psychological pressure from the Russian authorities and feels that the Russian government could implicate her in Nemtsov’s killing.

The 23 years old Model, Anna Duritskaya, was in the company of Nemtsov that the night when an unknown armed man shot the opposition leader from around 100 metres off the Kremlin.

"She was crying and she was saying Boris had been killed and he's lying next to me," said her mother, Inna Duritskaya. "She was in such shock she couldn't say anything else." All these were broadcasted live on msnbc live.

According to Anna’s mother, the model was subjected to questioning for hours and she fears the Russian authorities may link her daughter with the death of Nemtsov. It’s reported that during the questioning, the authorities at one point threatened to take Anna’s Attorney away from her. The model has been residing at the home of one of the aides of Nemtsov under regular police guard.

Later on, the spokesman for Ukraine Ministry of Foreign affairs, Yevhen Perebyinis, through his twitter account stated that Duriskaya had left for Kiev from Moscow.

A unique relationship

The assassination of Nemtsov brought several conspiracy theories given Nemtsov was considered one of President Vladimir Putin’s most blatant critic, making many to suspect Kremlin’s involvement in the killing either directly or indirectly.

Anna’s mother, Inna Duriskaya, stated that her daughter was well aware of the risks associated with her involvement with the Russian opposition leader. "Of course when I heard she was dating him it was a bit of a shock," she said.

"Then when I met him in person I liked him a lot as a person. He was straightforward, he treated my daughter very well, she was happy. And I couldn't influence it anyway; my daughter did what she wanted to. Of course, I was worried and scared, but I couldn't change it anyway."

The massive outburst

Thousands of his supporters in Moscow continue to mourn the 55 year old opposition leader in Moscow. Newtsov was the deputy prime minister during the presidency of Boris Yeltsin. The supporters coincidentally mourned Newtsov on the very day he was scheduled to lead a rally in Moscow condemning Russia’s policies on Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that Nemtsov was planning to release information considered damaging to Russian interests. "A few weeks ago I had a conversation with him on how to build relations between Ukraine and Russia, as we would like them to be," Ukraine form quoted Poroshenko as saying.

"Boris said that he was going to make public strong evidence confirming participation of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Someone was very afraid of that. Boris was not afraid, the executioners were afraid. They killed him."

The hunt for the killer is on

According to the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin condemned the assassination and instructed three law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the killing.

The President also conferred a message of condolence to Nemtsov’s mother stating that he was in grief with the family and promised to see to it that the killers are brought to justice.

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