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Ukrainian president awards Order of Liberty to slain Russian opposition politician Nemtsov

March 03, 2015, 15:02 UTC+3 KIEV

Petro Poroshenko said Boris Nemtsov was a patriot of Russia and a friend of Ukraine

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KIEV, March 3 /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov the Order of Liberty, the presidential website says.

"For us Ukrainians, Boris will forever remain a patriot of Russia and a friend of Ukraine. He proved with his entire life that these two things can be combined if there is a desire for it," the Ukrainian leader said.

Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow overnight to Saturday.

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