Putin accused over Nemtsov shooting

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko’s widow has said Boris Nemtsov’s shooting was the Russian government’s way of saying that anyone who spoke out against Vladimir Putin would be killed.

Marina Litvinenko described news of the veteran liberal politician’s shooting as “absolutely devastating”.

She was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme whether she believed the shooting of Mr Nemtsov near the Kremlin in Moscow was linked to her husband’s poisoning.

She replied: “It’s a different way to kill a person, but a way to present that anybody who will try to say something against us will be killed.”

Mr Nemtsov was a leading critic of President Putin and the war in Ukraine.

He is said to have been hit by four bullets from a passing car as he walked on a bridge, hours after urging Russians to attend a protest rally and march against the “mad, aggressive and deadly policy of war against Ukraine”.

When asked what effect the high-profile death would have on democracy in the country, Mrs Litvinenko said former deputy prime minister Mr Nemtsov and other people had started to be described as “enemies of Russia”.

She continued: “Particularly after the war with Ukraine, the atmosphere in Russia is very aggressive. When you see images saying he is an enemy of Russia, Russian people will hate him.”

Ms Litvinenko agreed with Mr Nemstov’s long-time friend, Vladimir Riskov, who said Mr Putin was politically responsible.

She concluded: “All what happened in Russia, it’s the responsibility of this government and Mr Putin, he built this country that became centre of huge conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and a big problem with all west, and it’s the full responsibility of this person and his government.”

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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