Anna Duritskaya

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Anna Duritskaya (born 27 November 1991) is a Ukrainian fashion model.[1][2] She was a finalist for Miss Ukraine Universe in 2018.[3][4]

On 27 February 2015, she survived, as sole eyewitness to the assassination of Boris Nemtsov. [5][6][7] Duritskaya had been in a relationship for over two years with Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure to Vladimir Putin, and Russian military intervention in Ukraine. She was held under house arrest by Russian police following the murder.[8] The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, stated that it had intervened to secure her release and return from Moscow. [9] Pro-Putin Russian news agencies had claimed, that she was forced by Nemtsov to have an abortion in Switzerland,[10] in an attempt to implicate her and the SBU,[11] in Nemtsov's murder.[12][13]

On returning to Kiev, Ukraine she went into hiding, under protection of armed guards, [14] assigned to her by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, after she had received death threats.[15][16][17] Pro-Putin news agencies leaked provocative photos of Duritskaya, in an attempt to discredit her, following which she refused to return to Russia to testify in the trial.[18]

In December 2018, The Guardian, republished Duritskaya's TV Rain interview from the time of her release,[19][20] in a call to rename the street of the Russian Embassy in London, in memorial to Boris Nemtsov, following Washington D.C.[21] which had done so, under the "D.C. Law 22-92 Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act of 2018,"[22] that was passed unanimously on an "emergency basis."[23]

In 2017, she planned to join her friend Ankit Love in London, and attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.[24]

She was a runner-up at Miss Ukraine Universe 2018, held at the Fairmont Grand Hotel in Kiev.


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  3. ^ "Подруга Немцова Анна Дурицкая: Конечно, я люблю Бориса". (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  4. ^ "Witness in the case of Nemtsov Anna Duritskaya entered the final of the contest". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
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  7. ^ "Slain Russian's Complicated Romantic Life May Be Key to the Case". Observer. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  8. ^ "Russian authorities question Nemtsov companion". CNN via MSN. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
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  10. ^ Cohen, Claire (2015-03-02). "Boris Nemtsov murder: Why are we even talking about his girlfriend's abortion?". Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. ^ "German intelligence officer finds Ukrainian trace in Boris Nemtsov's murder". PravdaReport. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ Dudnik, Sofya; Briquelet, Kate (2015-03-01). "Russia blames model, Islamic extremism for Putin foe's murder". New York Post. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  13. ^ Fitzpatrick, Catherine (2015-03-01). "The Boris Nemtsov Murder Conspiracy Theories". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  14. ^ "Ukrainian Prosecutors Provide Protection to Key Witness in Boris Nemtsov Murder". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  15. ^ "Witness to Boris Nemtsov slaying receiving death threats in Ukraine". CBC News. 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  16. ^ Parfitt, Tom (2015-03-06). "Boris Nemtsov's girlfriend assigned armed guards after 'threat to life'". Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  17. ^ Miller, Christopher. "Ukrainian girlfriend of Boris Nemtsov under protection after death threats". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  18. ^ SUN, Toronto; News (2016-11-15). "Dead Putin rival's model girlfriend won't testify at murder trial after sexy pics leak". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  19. ^ Kara-Murza, Vladimir (2018-12-04). "Why the Russian embassy to the UK should be on Boris Nemtsov Way | Vladimir Kara-Murza". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  20. ^ Sharkov, Damien (2015-03-02). "Boris Nemtsov's Ukrainian Girlfriend and Murder Witness Released by Moscow Police". Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  21. ^ "Washington D.C. Is Renaming a Street by the Russian Embassy After a Murdered Opposition Leader". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  22. ^ "D.C. Law Library - D.C. Law 22-92. Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act of 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  23. ^ "Street in front of Russian embassy in Washington will be renamed after slain Putin critic". Washington Examiner. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  24. ^ "Ankit Love to attend Central Saint Martins". JK Monitor - Journalism In Public Interest. Retrieved 2019-01-02.

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