In Russia, the new address of the Russian embassy reacted with irritation
On the third anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a square named after the Russian oppositionist appeared in Washington.
The initiative to name the section of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian embassy, put forward in 2016 by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, was approved by the Washington City Council in early January this year..
The ceremony of naming the square is attended by the daughter of the murdered politician Zhanna Nemtsova, his associate, Deputy Chairman of the Open Russia movement Vladimir Kara-Murza, as well as Marco Rubio, Chairman of the US Helsinki Commission Senator Roger Wicker and other US officials.
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Russian officials received the new address of their embassy in the US capital with irritation. In particular, Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in January of this year, said about the name of the square in Washington in honor of Boris Nemtsov: “Rough, tough, done in opposition to us, although this is the case of the American authorities, but they thought that they thereby they will touch us “.
Meanwhile, in the Russian capital, people carried flowers all day to the place of the politician’s murder on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge. Also in Moscow, as well as in other cities of the country, an action of “Open Russia” was held under the slogan “The house in which the memory of Nemtsov lives”, within the framework of which everyone could place a memorial plaque on his house with the text: “The memory of Boris Nemtsov – a real person and a patriot “.
On the third anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the United States called on the Russian authorities to do everything so that those involved in his murder, including the organizers and customers of the crime, were brought to justice. This, in particular, was once again recalled on Tuesday at a press briefing by State Department spokesman Heather Neuert..
“Three years ago, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed near the Kremlin. As one of the leaders of the Russian democratic movement, former governor of the Russian region, energy minister and deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov has dedicated his life to serving society, “State Department spokesman Heather Neuert said in a statement..
A similar speech was made by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation Markus Ederer. According to him, the murder of Nemtsov “must be fully and transparently investigated so that all perpetrators, organizers and accomplices of this crime are brought to justice.”.
Recall, in accordance with the verdict in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Zaur Dadaev, recognized as the direct executor, received 20 years in prison, and four of his accomplices – from 11 to 19 years. At the same time, the customer (s) of the crime has not yet been identified (s), and Ruslan Geremeev, one of the main suspects in organizing the murder, has not been interrogated and has not been put on the wanted list. Nemtsov’s relatives and associates believe that the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was involved in the crime.
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In this regard, the politician, human rights activist and journalist Valery Borshchev, in an interview with the Russian service of the Voice of America, noted that the Russian reality does not give any hope of bringing to justice in the foreseeable future the customers and organizers of the murder of Nemtsov..
“As long as Ramzan Kadyrov feels himself king and runs the show, no federal power structures can get to him,” he says. “Of course it won’t last forever. Sooner or later, the truth will be revealed and justice will prevail, the organizers and customers will be brought to justice ”.
At the same time, Valery Borshchev is not at all sure that this will happen under Vladimir Putin: “I’m afraid that, rather, not, since Putin patronizes Kadyrov, who is using it successfully. But I have lived a long life and saw how those who felt completely safe then found themselves in the role of defendants and defendants. I think this time will come “.
According to the politician and human rights activist, the fact that Ruslan Geremeev was not even interrogated is a direct continuation of the policy deliberately chosen by the Russian authorities to conceal the customers and organizers of the crime: “They are doing everything not to bring them to justice. So it was originally conceived – to get rid of the performers and take away the organizers from responsibility. This is quite logical under the current system. There is no need to talk about legality here at all. The legality was defiantly violated here, and the authorities are not going to explain themselves about this “.
In addition, Valery Borshchev is convinced that the appearance of Nemtsov Square in Moscow during Putin’s presidency is impossible. In this context, it seems to him, the role of the fact that such a square arose in Washington increases..
“This is, in general, recognition at the world level of Nemtsov as a serious public, statesman and as a victim of terror. And here the Russian authorities cannot object to anything. I think this also played a role in the fact that Moscow finally allowed to hang a memorial plaque on the house where Nemtsov lived. No matter how malicious the Kremlin propagandists may be on this score, the pressure of the world community, of course, acts on the authorities, “he concluded..
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