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Feb 28, 2015 5:31 AM

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is thoroughly investigated.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Saturday that Merkel was "dismayed" by Nemtsov's killing and is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that the assassination is cleared up and the perpetrators brought to justice. She praised Nemtsov's courage in criticizing government policies.

President Francois Hollande's office said the French leader "denounces the odious assassination" of Nemtsov, whom it described as "a courageous and tireless defender of democracy and a dogged fighter against corruption."

Finland's prime minister, Alexander Stubb, said he hoped "the political leadership and the judicial system in Russia will do their utmost to investigate the murder promptly and transparently."


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