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16:40 May. 18, 2015

Russian parliament refuses to investigate Nemtsov's murder

Flowers, votive candles and portraits are seen at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 near Kremlin (AP Photo)

The Kremlin critic had been finishing a report about Russian troops in Ukraine prior to his death

The Russian government has refused to carry out a parliamentary inquiry into the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

The State Duma committee responsible for such investigations believes that any probe would not establish the perpetrators' guilt in the crime, Russian state news agency TASS reported on May 18, according to TV Channel Dozhd (Rain).

The idea was proposed by MP Dmitry Gudkov, who said the failure to carry out an investigation into an assassination of this kind would only strengthen suspicions over the murder.

"I suggested the State Duma conducts the parliamentary investigation into the murder of Nemtsov. I came up with such an initiative and received a response from Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Buildings, which implied that the Duma refuses to carry out the parliamentary investigation", TASS quotes MP Dmitry Gudkov as saying.

In response, the parliamentary committee said that an investigation proposal had been considered.

Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin on 27 February, just prior to completing the report about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, titled "Putin. War."
A report finished by Nemtsov's friend Ilya Yashin and other activists was released earlier this month, revealing more evidence about Russia's military role in Ukraine.