The vehicle was recorded on Kremlin security cameras circling the Bolshoi Moskvoretskiy Bridge three times over the course of an hour.
The press service of the Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the white Ford Mondeo in question belongs to a unitary enterprise which services Russian government agencies, including the Ministry of Finance, but that it does not belong to the ministry itself.
"The vehicle in question does not belong to the Ministry of Finance. This is a departmental security vehicle, belonging to an independent unitary enterprise, which serves the Ministry of Finance, Goznak and other structures," RIA Novosti was told at the Ministry of Finance's press service on Wednesday.
In an interview for LifeNews, the vehicle's driver, 41-year-old Dmitri Karamza, explained that he was using the car to make some money on the side as an illegal taxi service. Karamza told the news agency: "I was driving over the bridge at about 23:30-23:40, in the second lane, about 70 kilometers an hour. At that moment I noticed a patrol car, and then that there was someone laying on the sidewalk. My first reaction was that someone had fallen ill. I even thought that maybe it was a drunk [laying there]. And only after I returned home and turned on the news did I realize what had happened."
Nemtsov was killed with four bullets to the back from a Markov pistol, after which his killer got in a waiting vehicle and left. Police operation 'Interception', organized shortly after the killing, was not successful in catching his killers, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had earlier vowed to personally oversee the investigation into Nemtsov's murder, commented that Russia must forever rid itself of the tragedy and shame surrounding politically motivated crimes. "The most serious attention must be given to high-profile crimes, including those that are politically motivated. We must finally rid Russia of the tragedy and shame like the one we recently witnessed and experienced… [with] the brazen murder of Boris Nemtsov, right in the center of the capital," Putin said.