This act of political terror is clearly aimed to stun and horrify the opposition to the Putin regime on the eve of the march we will now hold as a mourning march as originally planned on Sunday.
Putin expressed condolences to the family of the slain politician, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Putin noted that this was a cruel murder and bears all the signs of a contract killing which appears exclusively provocative,” Peskov told ITAR-TASS.
Nemtsov’s close associate and opposition leader Ilya Yashin called the attack on his friend “a political murder.”
“Boris was the most outspoken critic of Putin and the most charismatic leader of the opposition, and his dead body found 100 yards from the Kremlin is a clear message to all the opposition activists and all people who do not support the Kremlin,” Yashin said in an interview with The Times.
President Obama condemned the slaying and offered condolences to Nemtsovs family. Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled, Obama said in a statement.
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