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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Vice President Joe Biden have expressed concern over the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a statement published on Poroshenko's official website says.

    KIEV (Sputnik) – According to the statement, Poroshenko and Biden held telephone talks on Saturday, expressing "concern in connection with the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov".

    According to the Russian Interior Ministry, Nemtsov was killed in the Russian capital at 11:40 p.m. Moscow time on Friday (20:40 GMT), after several shots were fired at him from a car, which drove by while the Russian politician was walking across the Zamoskvoretskiy bridge with a female companion from Ukraine.

    Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page after the murder that Nemtsov was "a bridge between Ukraine and Russia" that was now destroyed.

    Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has condemned the killing, saying in a Friday statement that he admired Nemtsov’s “courageous dedication to the struggle against corruption in Russia” and appreciated the politician's “willingness to share his candid views" with him when Nemtsov met with Obama in Moscow in 2009.

    The Russian Investigative Committee is at the moment considering several crime scenarios, with some of them linking Nemtsov's murder to events in Ukraine, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris and the politician's business activity.

    Meanwhile, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the murder was a provocation and most likely a contract killing. Nemtsov was killed a day before the Vesna ("Spring") opposition rally planned to be held in Moscow on March 1.

    Nemtsov's family lawyer Vadim Prohorov told RIA Novosti early on Saturday that there were most likely political motives behind the killing, as, to his knowledge, Nemtsov did not have any personal or business-related problems.

    Prohorov also said that Nemtsov had received several threats on social media prior to the murder. Meanwhile, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Saturday that investigators had information that Nemtsov had been receiving threats linked to his stance on the January shooting at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

    Nemtsov has been in Russian politics for over two decades. He served as deputy prime minister and energy minister under the country's former President Boris Yeltsin. He voiced opposition to the current Russian government, co-chaired the RPR-PARNAS (Republican Party of Russia – People's Freedom Party) since 2012 and was also one of the leaders of the liberal Solidarnost movement.

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