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Unity faction in Riga suggests naming street after Nemtsov

BC, Riga, 12.01.2018.Print version

The Unity party's faction in the Riga City Council has suggested that a street in the Latvian capital should be named after the slain Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, informs LETA.

Vilnis Kirsis, the chairman of the Unity faction, said in the letter to Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) that on February 27 it will be three years since Nemtsov was assassinated in Moscow.

Nemtsov was against the aggressive Russian foreign policy in respect of its neighbors, in particular the Baltic states, Kirsis said.

In appreciation of Nemtsov's personal contribution to building a democratic opposition and promotion of democracy, freedom of speech and other human rights, the Riga City Council should name a street or a square after Nemtsov, Kirsis suggested.

This January, local authorities in the U.S. capital of Washington have decided to rename a square in front of the Russian Embassy in honor of the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Nemtsov was gunned down on February 27, 2015, while crossing a bridge overlooking the Kremlin. Supporters of the opposition politician say that the masterminds behind his assassination have not been brought to justice, although five Chechens were convicted of the murder, and that Nemtsov had been killed on the orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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