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Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus: Nemtsov’s murder must not lead to a loss of faith in the possibility of democratic change


Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia mourns Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov. “The murder of a strong-minded and influential opposition leader, who believed in the possibility of democracy in Russia, is a painful loss, which shocked us all,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said.

Boris Nemtsov fought for civil rights in the Russian Federation and was one of the few public figures in Russia who sharply criticized the violence in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. “Nemtsov’s murder must not lead to a loss of faith in Russian society regarding the possibility of democratic change. We must continue to support all people who stand unwaveringly in support of democratic values in Russia,” the Foreign Minister said.

According to Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus, it is vital that those who are responsible for the murder of the Russian opposition leader be apprehended and brought to justice. “We expect an immediate, impartial and transparent investigation by the Russian authorities,” she added.

Nemtsov will be buried in Trojekurovskoje cemetery in Moscow today. “I send my sincere condolences to Boris Nemtsov’s family, friends and the democratic forces in Russia,” Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.

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