Russia remembers Boris Nemtsov on assassination anniversary
The resolution was initiated by Ben Cardin and Marco Rubio
On the 5th anniversary of the assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Senators Ben Cardin (Democrat from Maryland) and Marco Rubio (Republican from Florida) prepared a Senate resolution condemning the Russian practice of politically motivated imprisonment.
American lawmakers, known for their principled position on human rights issues around the world, have called on the Donald Trump administration to use the tools already provided by Congress to punish those Russian officials responsible for the arbitrary detention of people such as Alexei Pichugin, Anastasia Shevchenko , Konstantin Kotov, Yuri Dmitriev, Dennis Christensen and others. These Russian citizens have been arrested at various times for peaceful protests or speaking the truth about Vladimir Putin..
“The brazen murder of Boris Nemtsov is a reminder that all free people must confront those who deny the freedoms and fundamental rights of other people. Nemtsov, sent to jail several times by the Putin government, was an example of courage and died defending the fundamental rights of his fellow citizens, ”said Senator Cardin, author of the Magnitsky Global Law..
“On this day, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the unjustly imprisoned in Russia. We call for the release of political prisoners imprisoned in violation of international law. We must condemn human rights violations in Russia. And we must punish those who are responsible for this, “the senator added..
The US Senate resolution states that on January 28, 2020, 43 parliamentarians from 16 European countries submitted a resolution to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calling for the appointment of a rapporteur “to study the growing crisis of politically motivated imprisonment in the Russian Federation.” According to the Memorial Human Rights Center, the number of political prisoners in the Russian Federation has increased more than 6 times since 2015.
Statement by the Helsinki Commission to the U.S. Congress
Statements in connection with the fifth anniversary of Nemtsov’s death were also issued by the chairman and co-chairman of the Helsinki Commission under the US Congress, legislator Elsie Hastings and Senator Roger Wicker..
“We must never forget the terrible price that Boris Nemtsov paid for the search for true democracy and political justice for the Russian people,” said Elsie Hastings, chairman of the Helsinki Commission. “Five years ago, Russia lost one of its most ardent defenders, who was persecuted for his activism and speaking truth to the authorities. Justice in this case has not yet been served. I am sorry that the Russian authorities, obviously, preferred politics, and not the search and punishment of those responsible for organizing the death of Nemtsov. “.
“The anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov is a reminder of the repression in Russia of Vladimir Putin,” Co-Chair Wicker said in a statement. “Nemtsov was well aware of the dangers he faced as a critic of Putin and a defender of true democracy and freedom for the Russian people. He was shot to death in central Moscow five years ago, and the Russian government refused to conduct a thorough investigation into who ordered his murder. There is no doubt that Nemtsov’s death was a carefully considered political blow, and I hope that one day Nemtsov’s family, his friends and the citizens of Russia will see justice being done in his case. “.
In 2018, the Helsinki Commission held a hearing to shed light on the circumstances of the murder of Boris Nemtsov..
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