Britain ‘shocked’ at Nemtsov murder

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain has said it will follow closely investigations into the killing of a prominent Russian opposition politician who was gunned down near the Kremlin.

Former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, a leading critic of president Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine, was hit by four shots from a passing car on the eve of a major rally in Moscow.

He was reported to have warned in a recent interview that he believed Mr Putin would have him killed.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are shocked and saddened by news that former Russian deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow.

“Our thoughts are with his family and we offer our condolences to them. We deplore this criminal act. Those responsible must be brought to justice. We will continue to follow the situation closely.”

Russian pro-democracy activist and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov said on his Facebook page: “Devastated to hear of the cold-blooded murder of my long-time opposition colleague Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow, quite close to the Kremlin.

“Shot four times, once for each child he leaves behind. A man of Boris’s quality no longer fit Putin’s Russia.

“He always believed Russia could change from the inside and without violence; after 2012 I disagreed with this. When we argued, Boris would tell me I was too hasty and that in Russia you had to live a long time to see change. Now he’ll never see it. Rest In Peace.”

President Barack Obama is condemning the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

US president Barack Obama called on Russia’s government to perform a “prompt, impartial and transparent” investigation to bring Mr Nemtsov’s killers to justice.

Mr Obama said Mr Nemtsov was a “tireless advocate” for Russia and the rights of its citizens and praised him for fighting corruption.

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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