Putin Reaffirms Calls to Thoroughly Investigate Nemtsov’s Murder

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankDecember 17, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 11th annual news conference at the World Trade Center on Krasnaya Presnya
December 17, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 11th annual news conference at the World Trade Center on Krasnaya Presnya - Sputnik International
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Vladimir Putin said that murder of politician Boris Nemtsov must be thoroughly investigated.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The murder of politician Boris Nemtsov must be thoroughly investigated, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an annual press conference on Thursday.

"I think this is a crime that should be investigated and punished…whoever it might be," Putin said, noting that he personally knew the slain politician. "He chose a path of critical struggle, and not him alone, but I am used to it. That is no reason to kill a man. I will never accept that."

Nemtsov, an outspoken opposition figure, was gunned down in downtown Moscow in February 2015. Putin condemned the killing and ordered a large-scale investigation into the case.

A presiding judge over the case cited Russian Federal Security Service information last month in presuming his suspected murderer, Ruslan Mukhudinov, is hiding out in the United Arab Emirates using forged documents.

The Russian leader echoed his previous assertions that he had not discussed the case with regional leaders, including head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Putin previously called Nemtsov’s murder a "disgraceful chapter" in modern Russian history, vowing to punish the perpetrators.

A total of five individuals are suspected of organizing, supplying with information and committing the crime.

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