Ukrainian police have opened a criminal investigation after Anna Durytskaya, a key witness in the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on February 27, received threats, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said in a press release on Friday morning.
"Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin has ordered that all necessary measures be taken to protect the life and health of Anna Durytskaya, a witness in the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov," it said.
On March 5, Durytskaya alerted the Bila Tserkva police department in the Kiev region that she had received death threats from unknown people while staying with her parents, the Prosecutor General\'s Office said.
Acting on orders issued by the Kiev region Prosecutor's Office, the Bila Tserkva police department opened a criminal investigation on counts of "attempted premeditated murder", it said.
All measures are now being taken in order to protect Durytskaya's life and health. The Ukrainian prosecutor general is personally coordinating the inquiry.
Nemtsov was fatally shot in central Moscow at around 11.30 p.m. on February 27, as he was walking with Durytskaya along the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. Russian investigators are probing several lines of inquiry, including political and personal motives.
On March 2, Durytskaya returned to Kiev accompanied by her lawyer.
Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said that Durytskaya had signed a gagging order and had agreed to further cooperate with Russian investigators.
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