Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is seen talking on his phone in a radio studio in Moscow just hours before he is gunned down. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Just hours before he was shot dead near the Kremlin on Friday (February 27), Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov gave an interview to radio station Ekho Moskvy in Moscow to promote an upcoming opposition march and repeat demands opposition activists have leveled against the government of President Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister who turned Kremlin critic, can be seen in video shot by the station sitting down to prepare for the interview and talking on his phone. In the interview he said the object of the march on Sunday (March 1), dubbed the "Anti-Crisis Spring March", was to demand reform. About two hours after the interview, Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman who was unhurt. The scene of the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square, was a gangland-style killing reminiscent of Russia in the chaotic 1990s after the collapse of the Communist Soviet Union. Nemtsov was by far the most prominent opposition figure killed in Russia under Putin's 15-year-rule and the Kremlin swiftly sought to deflect any blame for the murder.