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.
Vladimir #Putin condemned the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and called to fast track the investigation— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) 16 апреля 2015
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.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the killing and ordered a large-scale investigation into the case.
In mid-March, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that President Putin receives regular updates about the course of the investigation.