He was a young pathbreaking provincial governor in the heady days following the Soviet collapse.
He was a reformist deputy prime minister, and in the eyes of many, a potential president.
He was an uncompromising opposition leader who refused to be coopted and who persevered, even when it appeared that nobody was listening.
And a year ago this weekend, Boris Nemtsov became a martyr.
In many ways, Nemtsov represents the path not taken in Russia.
But what is his legacy? How has Russia changed since his death? And did his hopes for his country die with him on that fateful winter night in Moscow last February?
On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss Nemtsov's legacy with co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and guest Marc Bennetts, author of the recently published book I'm Going To Ruin Their Lives: Inside Putin's War On Russia's Opposition.