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Three years after Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge in the shadow of the Kremlin, and one day after the plaza in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington was renamed in his honor, his daughter asked the U.S. Congress to help investigate the still-murky details of his murder.
“In the past three years, the Russian authorities have tried to erase the memory of my father and to end the public debate concerning the low quality of the investigation,” Zhanna Nemtsova told the Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, on Wednesday. “They have failed. … Today I am asking you to help.”
Under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, Mr. Nemtsov was seen as a rising political star. But he emerged as a particularly vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin as the former KGB agent gradually consolidated power after coming to office in 2000.
In Moscow on the night of Feb. 27, 2015, Mr. Nemtsov was shot in the back four times while walking home after dining in a restaurant, in a brazen attack that sparked international outrage. His death shocked opposition politicians across Russia and a small memorial near where he was killed has frequently been vandalized at night.
On Wednesday, Ms. Nemtsova told lawmakers that, despite the conviction of a Russian Interior Ministry officer linked to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, her father’s murder case has been widely disputed and the those who ordered the killing remain at large.
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