Boris Nemtsov's model girlfriend 'didn't see his assassin'
Boris Nemtsov's girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin.
Speaking largely without emotion in deadened monosyllables, Ukrainian fashion model Anna Duritskaya said she had little recollection of what happened in the moments after Nemtsov was shot dead last Friday night.
She told online news channel Dozhd that she had not noticed anything suspicious as the couple dined at a restaurant overlooking Red Square.
It had not occurred to her that someone might be following them as they headed across the river towards Nemtsov's apartment.
"I am in a very difficult psychological condition and I cannot talk about this any more now. I saw no one. I don't know where he came from, he was behind my back," she said of the killer or killers.
Nemtsov (55) was shot several times and killed instantly, becoming the most prominent opposition figure to be murdered during President Vladimir Putin's 15-year rule.
Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday to honour the former deputy prime minister.
Duritskaya (24) said she had been under constant guard since the murder and would probably be unable to attend today's funeral. All she wanted to do was to go home to her mother in Ukraine.
"I have every right to leave. I am not a suspect. I am a witness and did everything possible to assist," she said.
Nemtsov, an opposition politician whose murder has deepened a divide between liberals and Putin supporters, will be buried today at the Troekurovskoye cemetery in western Moscow, far from where Russia's top politicians are usually interred.
"I cannot go out. Most likely I will not go," Duritskaya said when asked if she would attend. She said she was now staying at a friend's apartment in Moscow.
Investigators had questioned her several times, gone through her belongings and taken data from her mobile phones. She said she was initially questioned for several hours without a lawyer or representative from the Ukrainian embassy.
Nemtsov had criticised Putin's annexation of Crimea and his support for pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine.
Investigators say they have come up with a number of possible motives for Nemtsov's murder. One is that he may have been the victim of a jealous former lover, a version Duritskaya ruled out.
"I don't think anything. I cannot think at the moment. I don't know who did it," she said.