Council of Europe Calls on Russia to Re-open and Continue Investigation Into the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Michael Plachta

At its 26th sitting held on June 27, 2019, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted Resolution 2297 (2019) calling on the Russian authorities to “re-open and continue” their investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, listing a number of “serious concerns” over its independence and effectiveness. The debate and the resolution were based on a comprehensive Report prepared by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.The Assembly, unanimously approving the report, concluded that “not all relevant aspects of the case have been examined and the full truth has not been revealed.” Boris Nemtsov, an internationally renowned leader and figurehead of the political opposition, former deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, former Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, former Regional Governor of Nizhny Novgorod and a member of the Yaroslavskaya regional parliament, was shot dead in Moscow on February 27, 2015 on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, right next to the Kremlin, one of the most heavily protected and monitored locations in the country.