Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey on the Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemstov

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Office of Press Relations

Today, we mark the third anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, who was one of Russia's most ardent and articulate supporters of democracy and transparency. With his death, Russia lost a courageous and charismatic champion in its ongoing struggle for freedom. At one time a leading candidate to succeed President Yeltsin, Nemtsov represented the hope of his countrymen for a path toward further democratization in Russia. Despite the closing political space in Russia, Mr. Nemtsov was undaunted and tireless in his battle for a more open, democratic country.

The United States stands with those Russians who, in following the example of Nemtsov, seek a freer, more democratic Russia. We call for the perpetrators of his murder to be brought to justice.

Last updated: September 13, 2018

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