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英语新闻:俄罗斯前副总理涅姆佐夫遭射杀

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英语新闻:俄罗斯前副总理涅姆佐夫遭射杀

Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

英语新闻:

MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said.

Nemtsov's death comes just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the investigation.

Nemtsov, who was 55, was a sharp critic of Putin, assailing the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times.

The Russian Interior Ministry, which oversees Russia's police force, said that Nemtsov was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking a bridge just outside the Kremlin shortly after midnight.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told reporters on the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a female acquaintance, a Ukrainian citizen, when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead. The woman wasn't hurt.


Opposition activist Ilya Yashin said on Ekho Moskvy radio that he last spoke with Nemtsov two days before the killing. Nemtsov was working on a report presenting evidence that he believed proved Russia's direct involvement in the separatist rebellion that erupted in eastern Ukraine last year.

Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of backing the rebels there with troops and weapons. Moscow has denied the accusations, but large numbers of sophisticated heavy weapons in the rebels' possession has strained the credibility of its denials.

Yashin said he had no doubt that Nemtsov's murder was politically motivated.

"Boris Nemtsov was a stark opposition leader who criticized the most important state officials in our country, including President Vladimir Putin. As we have seen, such criticism in Russia is dangerous for one's life," he said.

Political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told Ekho Mosvky radio station that he did not believe that Nemtsov's death would in any way serve Putin's interests.

"But the atmosphere of hatred toward alternative thinkers that has formed over the past year, since the annexation of Crimea, may have played its role," Belkovsky said, referring to the surge of intense and officially endorsed nationalist discourse increasingly prevalent in Russia since it annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.


Nemtsov served a deputy prime minister in the 1990s and once was seen as a possible successor to Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first elected president. After Putin was first elected in 2000, Nemtsov became one of the most vocal critics of his rule. He helped organize street protests and has relentlessly exposed official corruption.

He was one of the organizers of the Spring March opposition protest set for Sunday, which comes amid a severe economic downturn in Russia caused by low oil prices and Western sanctions.

charismatic: adj.有魅力的; 神赐能力的

deputy: adj.副的; 代理的

rampant: adj.蔓延的; 猖獗的

assailant: n.攻击者

separatist: n.分离主义者; 独立派

stark: adj.完全的; 荒凉的; 光秃秃的; 僵硬的

annexation: n.并吞

relentlessly:adv.无情地; 残酷地; 不懈地

downturn: n.(价格或活动)开始下降; 衰退,低迷时期

sanction:n.制裁

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中新网2月28日电 据外媒28日报道,俄罗斯前副总理、反对派领袖涅姆佐夫在莫斯科遭到射杀。据悉,一名身份不明的男子对涅姆佐夫开了至少七、八枪。

俄罗斯警方称,当地时间27日晚些时候,涅姆佐夫在莫斯科中心地区遭枪击死亡。俄罗斯调查委员会有关人士称,“一名持有效证件的男子被射杀,名为涅姆佐夫”,该机构已经开始进行刑事调查。但他拒绝透露详细情况。

俄调查人员在声明中称,一名身份不明的男子从车里对涅姆佐夫开了至少七、八枪。当时涅姆佐夫正走过一座桥。

涅姆佐夫在叶利钦任俄罗斯总统时期曾担任副总理,此后建立了几个反对派组织。

(新浪)



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