Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson: First Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov (February 29)

On Saturday, February 27, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft joined Russians from all walks of life in honoring the memory of Boris Nemtsov and the values for which he stood.  One year after he was killed in Moscow, his family and loved ones remain in our thoughts.

We call on the Russian government to ensure that all those responsible for his killing are brought to justice.  Boris Nemtsov worked for a more democratic and prosperous Russia throughout his life, including during service as Deputy Prime Minister.

One year after his murder, we remain deeply troubled by the Russian government’s growing intolerance of all forms of dissent and independent expression.   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 the Russian people and the international community to promote and protect universal human rights, including the fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association.