It was near closing time on Feb. 27 at the upscale Bosco restaurant that looks out onto the illuminated red-brick walls of Moscow's Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov and his young, dark-haired girlfriend were finishing dinner.
The former head of MI6 has said Russia presents a "state to state threat" and warned that only increased dialogue could better relations between the UK and the Kremlin.
With Russians reeling from the cold-blooded murder of opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, organizers planned a mourning demonstration on March 1 in place of a rally that Nemtsov had planned to lead.
Many Kyivans brought flowers to the office of Russian Embassy in Ukraine on Feb. 28 to commemorate the Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov who was murdered in Moscow the previous night. They brought flowers, posters, and lit candles in front of the embassy.
MOSCOW - Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies.
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine - A Ukrainian photojournalist was killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Feb. 28 as the cease-fire deal brokered by Western leaders seems to fail to silence the guns completely.
Authorities are preparing for tens of thousands to march in central Moscow on Feb. 28 in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death late on Feb. 27 after urging people to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.
LONDON - Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany's oil firm DEA from RWE (RWEG.DE), citing possible sanctions against Russia.
Vladimir Putin describes the Russian state as a power vertical, in which power is exercised at the very top. All authority descends from Putin himself and those below carry out his orders. According to this self description, nothing of importance can happen without the approval of the person atop the vertical. Under this logic, the contract killing of a major opposition figure falls under the direct responsibility of Putin. Calls by Merkel and Obama for justice are therefore really demands that the Kremlin investigate and bring itself to justice. Another case of Alice in Wonderland.
LONDON - The murder of Boris Nemtsov drew condemnation on Feb. 28 from leaders and politicians around the world, who paid tribute to the outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
The Ukrainian military said a journalist was killed and three soldiers had been wounded in the past 24 hours in the eastern part of the country.
Dozens of Ukrainians brought flowers and lit the candles in Kyiv, expressing grief over the killing of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who has been assassinated in Moscow late at night on Feb. 27.
Germany is prepared to sell tank howitzers to Lithuania, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Feb. 28.
I hope common sense will prevail, and Putin won't kill you."
"God willing. I hope so, too."
That conversation, between an interviewer and Boris Nemtsov, the liberal Russian opposition activist and former deputy prime minister, was on Feb. 10, just 17 days before he was gunned down around midnight on Feb. 2 in a gangland style murder a few hundred yards from the Kremlin and the famous onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Ukraine announced the completion of an initial phase of military pullback in east Ukraine on Feb. 28 as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads".
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects.
Sergei, a tired-looking man in his twenties, loads his bike with a tin of coal, the only thing of value he has salvaged from his destroyed house - now a rubble of gray bricks after Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels fought over his hometown.
TALLINN, Estonia - Estonia's center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country's Russian minority.