Putin pledge justice over Boris Nemtsov murder 

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Feb.28, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will do everything possible to bring to justice those who committed the “vile and cynical” murder of opposition politician Boris  Nemtsov.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov was shot and killed Friday night in central Moscow, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said in a statement Saturday, prompting immediate speculation from fellow opposition figures that the killing was targeted.

Putin condemned the killing of Nemtsov and expressed his condolences to his family, the Kremlin said. Putin also ordered three law enforcement agencies to put together a task force to investigate the shooting, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.

The investigative committee said that a criminal case has been opened for murder and weapons trafficking.

Nemtsov was a top official with the Republican Party of Russia/Party of People’s Freedom, a liberal opposition group. He had most recently been critical of the Kremlin’s handling of the Ukraine crisis.

Opposition leader Ilya Yashin said that his friend had been working on a report about Russian troops and their involvement in Ukraine.

Nemtsov’s death comes two days before a large opposition rally was set to take place in Moscow. Nemtsov had earlier Friday done a radio interview putting out the call to people to turn out for the rally Sunday.

After his death, party leaders decided to hold a mourning march in downtown Moscow, Itar-Tass reported.

Nemtsov was walking with a female friend just before midnight across a bridge that can be seen from the Kremlin, when a car pulled up and someone opened fireThe area in the center city is normally busy on a Friday night, though the weather was cold and wet.

Investigators were talking with his companion, a friend from Ukraine who wasn’t wounded, early Saturday. A CNN crew also observed white cars being pulled over by authorities near the scene of the shooting.

Putin said hat he suspected it was a contract hit meant to cause political discord, according to the President’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

Experts said that a man like Nemtsov had many enemies.

The Oslo Times 

 

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