Boris Nemtsov, the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, was gunned down near the Kremlin late on Friday night on February 27, 2015. Russian Interior Ministry reported that Nemtsov was shot with four shots in the back.
In 2004, Boris Nemtsov with his political party the Union of Right Forces officially supported Viktor Yushchenko in the presidential election campaign in Ukraine. During the “Orange Revolution” Nemtsov made several visits to Kyiv, speaking in support of the opposition rallies.
From February 2005 to October 2006 he was a freelance adviser to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.
In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V degree – for a significant contribution to the development of international cooperation, strengthening the authority and positive image of Ukraine in the world, popularization of its historical and modern achievements.
In contradistinction to other famous Russian opposition politicians Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Alexei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov stated that Crimea must be given back to Ukraine. He also openly underlined in his interviews that the Russian forces must be pulled out Ukraine and the Kremlin aggression must be stopped.