Russia’s investigative Committee stated that “the real masterminds” of the murder of Boris Nemtsov policy abroad. So the official representative of Department Vladimir Markin commented on the call by the U.S. state Department to the Russian authorities to bring to justice all perpetrators of the crime.
“This may be the hint of the inability of the Russian government to find and prosecute the genuine masterminds, those who are from abroad pulled the strings and influenced by the customers of murder. Indeed, mocking hints from overseas as evidence for the court will not impose, although the classic “who benefits?” — to taint the anniversary of the de facto reunification of the Crimea with the Russian Motherland — clearly indicates on such foreign “well-wishers”, — said Markin.
He noted that “the principle of inevitability of punishment, the need as soon as possible to transfer the criminal case to the court for an objective consideration of all the evidence” requires investigation “to be limited in this case only strictly proven facts”. “As for, let’s call them foreign influences, and not formal customers of the murder, in addition to criminal court, there is Supreme court history, which by historical standards is very quickly put everything in its place”, — added official representative of the RCDS.
In conclusion, he urged the state Department “to take care of the reputation of the American government and try to influence the competent authorities of his country” who, according to Markin, ignored “numerous requests for legal assistance”. “On the killings and abuse of Russian children in the United States the Investigative Committee of Russia opened 14 criminal cases. Maybe our colleagues think that we thus try to encroach on their sovereignty?” — he explained.
Earlier a spokesman for the state Department, John Kirby urged the Russian authorities to bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Nemtsov. “Honoring the memory of the life and work of Boris Nemtsov, once again, we urge the Russian authorities to take before the Russian people and the international community their obligations to promote and protect universal human rights, including fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful Assembly and Association,” said Kirby.
Boris Nemtsov was killed late on the evening of February 27 last year on Big Moskvoretsky bridge in Moscow. The defendants in the case are six people. Five of them were detained — this Zaur Dadaev, Anzor Gubashev, Bakhaev, Khamzat, Shadid, Gubashev and Temirlan Eskerkhanov, and the sixth fighter of the battalion “North” interior Ministry of Chechnya Ruslan muhudinov — was charged in absentia.
Last Saturday — on February 28, a year after the murder of Nemtsov — the memory of the murdered were honored by the Western diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Tefft. He laid flowers to the memorial Nemtsov on Moskvoretsky bridge and said, “We are here today to honor his memory, the values he defended, and to Express the hope that in the future much of what he dreamed, will come true in Russia,” Tefft said.