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On February 27, the third anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, the Institute of Modern Russia is publicly releasing the English-subtitled version of “Nemtsov,” a documentary about the leader of the Russian opposition directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza.


A screenshot from the Nemtsov documentary.


Nemtsov chronicles a remarkable political life. It is a story told by those who knew Boris Nemtsov at different times: when he was a young scientist and took his first steps in politics; when he held high government offices and was considered Boris Yeltsin's heir apparent; when he led Russia's democratic opposition to Vladimir Putin. The film contains rare archival footage, including from the Nemtsov family.




Nemtsov is a portrait. It is not about death. It is about the life of a man who could have been president of Russia.

The film was directed by Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian journalist and historian and a longtime friend and colleague of Boris Nemtsov. The executive producer is Renat Davletgildeev, former deputy editor-in-chief of TV Rain. Nemtsov was made with support from Open Russia; the English translation was provided by the Institute of Modern Russia. 

The film was first shown at the Boris Nemtsov Forum in Berlin on October 9, 2016; the Russian premiere was held in Nizhny Novgorod on November 30, 2016. Nemtsov has been screened in thirty-seven cities in Russia, in other countries in Europe, and in North America.

The Russian version of Nemtsov was released online on October 9, 2017.

The film’s official website now includes both Russian-only and English-subtitled versions, as well as additional information about the film and its authors.

In January 2018 for his work on Nemtsov Vladimir Kara-Murza was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Journalism as an Act of Conscience.

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