Statement by U.S. Department of State: Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Three years ago, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated just outside the Kremlin.  As a leading figure of Russia’s democratic movement, a former Russian regional governor, and an energy minister as well as a deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov committed his life to public service and the goal of a freer and more prosperous Russia.  His memory continues to inspire the Russian people and many others around the world to engage in the difficult and sometimes dangerous struggle for just, democratic, and accountable government.

As we honor the memory of Boris Nemtsov’s life and work, we renew our call on the Government of Russia to uphold its obligations to promote and protect universal human rights, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom of association.

We again urge the Russian government to ensure that all involved in this crime, including those who organized or ordered it, are brought to justice.