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Corker Statement on Murder of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today regarding the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death on Friday night in Moscow.

“The brutal slaying of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just outside the Kremlin appears to be an attempt to silence those in Russia wanting to see their country move away from the authoritarianism, corruption, and lawlessness of Vladimir Putin’s regime. At the very least, Putin has created an atmosphere that condones and even encourages such actions,” Corker said. “Boris Nemtsov sought a better future for his people and believed in a strong partnership between our countries. We must remain committed to his vision of a free and democratic Russia that is at peace with itself and its neighbors.”