Russia opposition leader Boris Nemtsov dies of multiple bullet wounds

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Publication Date 28/02/2015
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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov died after a shooting on the 27 February 2015. Nemtsov was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, who condemned the killing.

He died a few hours after appealing for support for a march on the 1 March 2015 in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

President Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of Boris Nemtsov and ordered the Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service to set up a special investigative team.

The EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini made a statementon the murder of Boris Nemtsov 'The EU expects the Russian authorities to conduct a full, rapid and transparent investigation into this assassination, bringing the culprits swiftly to justice'.

The assassination of Boris Nemtsov followed a series of murders of anti-corruption activists, human rights campaigners, and Kremlin critics under Putin’s leadership.

Instead of the planned march against the alleged Russian involvement in the Ukraine conflict, tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on the 1 March 2015 to honour Boris Nemtsov.

The funeral for Mr Nemtsov took place on the 3 March 2015. The BBC reported that several EU politicians and Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny were barred from attending the funeral.

A few days later two men of Chechen origin were charged with Mr Nemtsov's murder and three others arrested. Russian authorities suggested Islamist motives in the killing, although this was doubted by supporters of the victim.

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