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Russian lawmaker's request to perpetuate memory of Boris Nemtsov sent to Moscow City Duma

June 15, 2015, 11:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The lawmaker considers the move to be an attempt to shift responsibility
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At the murder scene of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

At the murder scene of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russian State Duma lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov’s request to Moscow Mayor Office to eternize the memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been sent to the city parliament, Gudkov told TASS on Monday.

"Today, an answer to my second request to Moscow mayor came about establishing a memorial sign at the place where Boris Nemtov was killed. It consists of only one phrase: ‘Your request on perpetuating the memory of B. E. Nemtsov was sent by Moscow Mayor S. S. Sobyanin to Moscow City Duma for consideration in due order. The answer will be signed by Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov’," Gudkov said.

"I consider this answer to be an attempt to shift responsibility to deputies of Moscow City Duma," the MP noted.

He reminded that it was his second request sent personally to [Moscow Mayor] Sergey Sobyanin as Moscow’s Mayor Office earlier refused to perpetuate the memory of Nemtsov. "Earlier, Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov informed me that the memory of Nemtsov cannot be perpetuated due to time restrictions in the Moscow legislature. In my second request, I drew the mayor’s attention to the fact that legislature gives him the right to solve such issues earlier than after 10 years in exceptional circumstances," Gudkov explained.

The MP also said that several politicians and public figures set up a special website, where signatures are collected in support of perpetuating the memory of Nemtsov. "Almost 14,000 signatures have already been collected," Gudkov said.

Nemtsov, former vice-premier under then-President Boris Yeltsin, and co-chairman of the RPR-Parnas party and deputy of the Yaroslavl regional duma, was killed in downtown Moscow late on February 27.

Five suspects were arrested in the Nemtsov murder case, including Zaur Dadayev whom the investigators consider as the contract killer.

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