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    Direct Line With Vladimir Putin 2015 (27)
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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.”

    Russia's opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was fatally shot on February 27 as he was crossing a bridge near Red Square in central Moscow with his girlfriend Anna Duritskaya.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the killing and ordered a large-scale investigation into the case.

    First suspects in the Nemtsov murder case were arrested a week after the tragedy. Currently, according to the Russian Investigative Committee, there are five suspects in the case.

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

    Direct Line With Vladimir Putin 2015 (27)


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