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Nemtsov’s son does not intend to rise to power, but to focus on business in Dubai


Anton, a businessman and son of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, would prefer his father to leave politics at the time. About this he said Russian media in the program “Respirator from Babushkin”. He himself does not plan to build a political career in the next ten years, but will develop an investment activity in Dubai, where he settled last year.

According to Anton Nemtsov, 27, to seriously engage in politics, “you first have to take place in another area”. Thus, he cited his father as an example, who, before his political career, “was a very powerful scientist”.

Boris Nemtsov at a rally in 1990. Nikolai Moshkov/TASS

“And, as we said, he was a physicist close to genius. In other words, if he had stayed in science, he might have received the Nobel Prize. As for me, the view is more or less the same: first I want to take my place in another domain. Maybe I won’t get into politics at all, but for such a question to even be raised, you have to take place somewhere else first,” he said. Over the next 10 years, the entrepreneur added, he “definitely sees himself in business, not politics.”

In 1981 Boris Nemtsov diploma Faculty of Radiophysics of Gorky State University (now Nizhny Novgorod). NI Lobachevsky. Four years later, he defended his thesis on the topic “Coherent effects of the interaction of moving sources with radiation”. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked at the Scientific Research Institute of Radio Physics (INRFI) as an engineer, junior and senior researcher. He has more than 60 scientific articles on electrodynamics, acoustics.

Answering the question, what would Boris Nemtsov do today, in the conditions of the conflict in Ukraine, Anton replied that his father “will live according to his principles.”

“But I can honestly say that someone might not like it, but I think it would be better if my father left politics and stayed alive. Otherwise I would go into business. But the main thing is that he leaves politics and is alive. Because, it seems to me, it is even more important, including for the family, to save himself,” said Nemtsov Jr.

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He added that his father was not afraid of assassination attempts, although he was generally willing to take risks. Anton Nemtsov himself lived in Russia for another seven years after his father’s murder. According to him, during this time, “probably no one followed him.” Nemtsov called the move to Dubai “rather planned”. He went there with his wife, because they “had wanted for a long time to try to live somewhere abroad” and set up their business there. At the same time, he added that there was no question of staying “forever” in the United Arab Emirates. In the future, Nemtsov is sure, he “will definitely return to Russia.”

“Actually, after my father was murdered, I decided to stay in Russia. For what? Because I didn’t want to leave Russia at the time. Why did you decide to leave now? As I said, my wife and I wanted to live abroad. Why didn’t I leave earlier? Because before, at the time of my father’s murder, I had no family, and I couldn’t be alone abroad without family,” he said.

The choice of the United Arab Emirates, according to him, was due to several reasons: it is easy to enter the country and obtain residence, they treat Russians “well” there, and a large Russian community has already trained, which means there is a high demand for services and more opportunities to find work. In Dubai, as Nemtsov said, he helps people move and open their own business – find real estate, open bank and brokerage accounts.

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At the same time, he stressed that neither when moving nor in his business did he resort to family ties and acquaintances like, for example, with the founder of Alfa-Bank, Mikhail Fridman. “The only thing I would like to say is that Mikhail Fridman communicated with my sister Dina and was a kind of mentor for her. There is such support. In terms of support with connections and orders, he there is no such support <…> In fact, people have to build their own path,” the politician’s son said.

Boris Nemtsov was shot on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge on February 27, 2015. Five people were arrested on suspicion of murder and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 11 to 20 years. The question of who ordered the murder remains open. In early 2020, President Vladimir Putin declaredthat those who ordered Nemtsov’s murder have been found, but their names have not been publicly named. The alleged organizer is on the international wanted list.

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