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Putin on Nemtsov: We Had Friendly Relations

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankFlowers on murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov
Flowers on murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov - Sputnik International
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President Vladimir Putin called the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov a tragic and shameful act.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he had friendly relations with late political opposition figure Boris Nemtsov and called his murder tragic and shameful.

During his annual Q&A session in Moscow, Putin said:

“We were friendly, we kept contact. He was a harsh opponent toward me and to [the current political] authorities as a whole we had pretty friendly relations when we talked.”

He called Nemtsov’s murder a shameful act.

“I’ve already said this, I believe this is an absolute shameful act, tragic and shameful.”

A man walks past flowers at the site where Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was murdered on February 27, at the Great Moskvoretsky Bridge, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow March 6, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the killing and ordered a large-scale investigation into the case.

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In mid-March, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that President Putin receives regular updates about the course of the investigation.

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