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Nemtsov murder: Leading lawmaker slams those 'jumping to conclusions'

March 04, 2015, 17:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Nemtsov’s murder only plays into the hands of those willing to destabilize the situation in Russia, Federation Council upper house Speaker Valentina Matviyenko wrote in her blog
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Murder site of Boris Nemtsov

Murder site of Boris Nemtsov

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MOSCOW, March 4 /TASS/. Boris Nemtsov’s murder plays into the hands of those seeking to destabilize Russia and discredit its political system, Federation Council upper house Speaker Valentina Matviyenko wrote in her blog on Wednesday.

"The late politician had many opponents but they always gave credit to his openness, straightforwardness and perseverance in asserting his attitudes," the lawmaker said, noting that "Nemtsov’s murder only plays into the hands of those willing to destabilize the situation in Russia and discredit the political system in the country".

"How else can you explain the fact that certain politicians and media in Russia and abroad jumped to conclusions without waiting for results of the investigation and the judicial ruling?" Matviyenko asked, describing such practices as "disgusting and unethical".

The Federation Council leader said she was confident the crime would not be used as an excuse for "tightening the screws" in Russia. "The situation in the country is stable, which attests to the high degree of consolidation in Russian society and its commitment to the principles of democracy, respect for human rights and freedoms," she said.

Government and investigators were not exempt from responsibility to do everything possible to solve the murder and bring those responsible to justice, Matviyenko added, noting that "attempts to transfer the practice of political terrorism to Russian soil should be nipped in the bud".

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