Zhanna Nemtsova is a journalist with the German-based international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. In November 2015, she founded The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, a charitable organization based in Bonn, dedicated to the promotion of freedom and democracy and to keeping alive the memory of her late father.
Nemtsov, a prominent democratic reformer dating back to the 1990s, was gunned down in February, 2015 near the Kremlin. A former Vice Premier of Russia, he had been a leading critic of his country’s military intervention in Ukraine, its annexation of Crimea, and the corruption and authoritarianism of the Putin regime.
Ms. Nemtsova is the recipient of three prestigious awards: Poland’s Solidarity Prize, for her work on behalf of democracy and human rights; the U.S. State Department’s International Courage Award, for her courage and leadership; and the Press Emblem Campaign’s Prize for the Protection of Journalists, for her efforts to defend freedom of the press in zones of conflict. She is the author of Russland Wachrutteln (Wake Up Russia), a book which highlights her father’s efforts to reform Russia into a market-driven, open, and democratic country.