Luke Harding

is a British journalist with The Guardian and author of the book Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia (Guardian Books, 2012). From 2007 until 2011 he was the Guardian‘s Moscow correspondent. He is currently based in London.


Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge,

At 11:30 pm on Friday 27 February 2015, Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken Russian opposition leader, was shot in the back. The assassin fired off six shots; four of the bullets struck Nemtsov, one in the heart. He died instantly. The only explanation not being given in Moscow for Nemtsov’s assassination is the blindingly obvious one: that Nemtsov was murdered for his opposition activities and, specifically, for his very public criticism of Vladimir Putin’s secret war in Ukraine.

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