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  • Putin calls opposition politician's slaying a 'disgrace'
    Putin calls opposition politician's slaying a 'disgrace' Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called the slaying of his top critic a "disgrace" to Russia, while the opposition promised to complete Boris Nemtsov's work on a report documenting evidence of Russian troops' involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Russia's Putin says he doesn't want rerun of gas rows with Ukraine
    Russia's Putin says he doesn't want rerun of gas rows with Ukraine Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he did not want a gas conflict with Ukraine similar to ones that took place in the past, and that Kiev only had enough pre-paid gas from Russia to last two days. Moscow cut off gas supplies to Kiev from June until December in a dispute over pricing and unpaid bills that marked the third such stoppage in a decade, after price rows in 2006 and 2009. Previous "gas wars" have led to supply disruptions to Europe, which gets around a third of its gas from Russia, and 40 percent of this via Ukraine. More »

  • Italy PM Renzi says Ukraine sovereignty must be respected
    Italy PM Renzi says Ukraine sovereignty must be respected Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi backed European efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine on Wednesday, saying Rome was fully committed to preserving the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "We are at a moment where we all want the independence and the sovereignty of Ukraine to be respected," he said on a visit to Kiev, where he met Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. "We have a complete commitment and interest in seeing peace return to this part of our Europe," he said. Renzi, who is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday, said he was convinced Ukraine would continue with economic and institutional reforms and said Italian companies were ready to take part in privatisations. More »

  • Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace'
    Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace' Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia, and warned against a rise in "extremist crime". More »

  • Russia's Putin calls Nemtsov's murder political
    Russia's Putin calls Nemtsov's murder political Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend on Friday night near Red Square. He was the most prominent opposition figure to be killed in Russia during Putin's 15-year rule. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, saying that the killing was a "provocation" designed to discredit Putin and strengthen his opponents, but Nemtsov's friends say the Kremlin is to blame for fomenting an atmosphere of hatred towards its opponents. More »

  • Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic
    Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Thousands of mourners turned out to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin's rule. More »

  • Mourners Gather For Boris Nemtsov Funeral
    Mourners Gather For Boris Nemtsov Funeral Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Thousands of Russians have turned out to pay their respects to the Kremlin critic who was gunned down in a Moscow street. Mourners queued from the early hours of Tuesday morning to file past the coffin of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, lying in state in central Moscow. The former deputy prime minister and long-time critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead last Friday close to the Kremlin. One mourner told Sky News' Moscow Correspondent Katie Stallard he was a "great politician" whose death was a "tragedy for Russia". More »

  • For Russia's opposition, loss of Nemtsov is about more than the man Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Boris Nemtsov was buried in Moscow Tuesday, following a memorial service that saw thousands of mourners line up to pay their final respects to the liberal activist who was gunned down in the Kremlin's shadow last Friday. For Russia's fractious opposition, it could be an opportunity to establish a new unity, and to harness the social outrage over the brazen assassination of a politician who had been well liked even by those who disagreed with him. The tens of thousands of Muscovites who marched to Mr. Nemtsov's murder scene Sunday seemed an expression of public patience snapping – not so much with Vladimir Putin, but with the lawlessness that clearly lies just beneath the much-cultivated appearance of total Kremlin control. More »

  • Boris Nemtsov murder is an unmitigated disaster for Vladimir Putin
    Boris Nemtsov murder is an unmitigated disaster for Vladimir Putin Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    One of the most renowned leaders of the Russian opposition, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered in Moscow on 27 February. Mr Nemtsov was shot to death in the very centre of the city, metres away from the Kremlin wall. The Russian police started an investigation into the case, considering several motives that might be behind it. He said Vladimir Putin was immediately informed about what happened, noting "this brutal murder has all the signs of a contract murder and is extremely provocative". More »

  • Russians stand in line to mourn by coffin of slain Nemtsov
    Russians stand in line to mourn by coffin of slain Nemtsov Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Alexander Winning and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thousands of Russians, many carrying red carnations, on Tuesday filed past the coffin of Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose killing last week, friends say, showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Aides to Putin deny any involvement in killing Nemtsov, who was shot in the back four times on Friday within sight of the Kremlin walls. Nemtsov's friends say he was the victim of an atmosphere of hatred whipped up against anyone who opposes the president. "The shots were fired not only at Nemtsov but at all of us, at democracy in Russia," Gennady Gudkov, a prominent Kremlin opponent, said in a speech delivered next to the coffin. More »

  • The Putin Critics Who Have Been Assassinated
    The Putin Critics Who Have Been Assassinated Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov close to the Kremlin makes him the latest vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin to die violently or in suspicious circumstances. Mr Putin has pledged a full investigation into his death and said he will take personal charge of it. Some activists have accused Mr Putin of being responsible, while his supporters have suggested Mr Nemtsov's murder may have been a provocation aimed at tarnishing the president's image. No suspects have been arrested following the murder, considered the one of the most shocking in a long list of suspected political assassinations during Mr Putin's rule. More »

  • Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama
    Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years. Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday night in a gangland-style murder. "This is an indication of a climate at least inside of Russia in which civil society, independent journalists, people trying to communicate on the Internet, have felt increasingly threatened, constrained. The U.S. president has called for a full investigation into the slaying of Nemtsov, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, and a former deputy prime minister. More »

  • Russia and Ukraine strike gas delivery deal
    Russia and Ukraine strike gas delivery deal Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Russia and Ukraine reached a deal Monday to supply gas to Europe until the end of March after President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders admitted there was still progress to be made in implementing a ceasefire. More »

  • OSCE should play greater role in eastern Ukraine, leaders say Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Katya Golubkova, Erik Kirschbaum and Geert De Clercq MOSCOW/BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed to Ukraine's proposal to ask the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to help with the implementation of the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine, officials said after a four-way phone call on Monday evening. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande took part in the phone call in which the leaders also welcomed progress in implementing the cease-fire. More »

  • Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany agree on OSCE role in conflict zone - Poro … Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    KIEV (Reuters) - The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine by telephone on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement published on his website. Poroshenko, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande support Kiev's proposal to put observers from the OSCE security watchdog into areas of eastern Ukraine where the ceasefire is not being observed, the statement said. (Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; writing by Katya Golubkova) More »

  • Nemtsov murder witness says blocked from leaving Moscow
    Nemtsov murder witness says blocked from leaving Moscow Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The Ukrainian model girlfriend of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov complained Monday she was being blocked from leaving Moscow, as authorities vowed to solve the most shocking political assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule. More »

  • Blood near the Kremlin: Russia's media fight back
    Blood near the Kremlin: Russia's media fight back Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW (Reuters) - A corpse on a bloodstained bridge, with the Kremlin's red stars glowing behind: the perfect symbolic backdrop, Russian media say, for the West to step up a campaign to vilify President Vladimir Putin. Faced with a wave of revulsion around the world at the assassination of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, the loyal media establishment is on the counter-attack, preparing Russians for a malicious propaganda campaign by a hostile West. "At a time when there is grief, to engage in polemics is disgusting." With the gunning-down of Nemtsov in central Moscow late on Friday, Russia enters a new phase of the 'us or them' tug-of-war that has played out in the media, increasingly pliant to Putin, since Ukrainians took to the streets and overthrew their Moscow-leaning president just over a year ago. Russia accused the West of backing 'a coup d'etat' in Ukraine. More »

  • Kerry says Putin 'misinterprets' U.S. efforts in Ukraine Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin misinterpreted a lot of what Washington was doing and trying to do in Ukraine. "We are trying to uphold international law with respect to the sovereignty and integrity of another nation," Kerry told a news conference in Geneva. "I think President Putin misinterprets a great deal of what the United States has been doing and is trying to do. More »

  • Lavrov calls Nemtsov murder 'heinous crime'; urges moves by Ukraine
    Lavrov calls Nemtsov murder 'heinous crime'; urges moves by Ukraine Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the main U.N. human rights forum on Monday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a "heinous crime" and that President Vladimir Putin was leading an investigation to bring perpetrators to justice. He addressed the Geneva forum shortly before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and after the foreign ministers of Croatia and Slovakia voiced concern at the killing in Moscow on Friday. Lavrov also called on Ukraine to distance itself from what he called "extremists" in the east and pursue a course towards peace. More »

  • The not-so-simple murder of Boris Nemtsov
    The not-so-simple murder of Boris Nemtsov Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Vladimir Putin had little reason to have Boris Nemtsov killed, let alone at the Kremlin's doorstep. More »

  • Hopes for peaceful Russian transition fade with Nemtsov - Kasparov
    Hopes for peaceful Russian transition fade with Nemtsov - Kasparov Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov has dampened any hope for a peaceful political transition in Russia away from President Vladimir Putin's government, Garry Kasparov, a prominent opposition voice, said in an interview on Sunday. Kasparov, a former world chess champion who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, offered a gloomy outlook for Russia's political opposition after Nemtsov was shot dead meters from the Kremlin late on Friday. More »

  • Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov
    Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow to honour the memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination during Vladimir Putin's rule. More »

  • Estonia's ruling, pro-NATO centre-right claims election win
    Estonia's ruling, pro-NATO centre-right claims election win Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia's centre-right prime minister claimed victory in an election on Sunday, cementing pro-NATO policies after a campaign dominated by fears of interference by neighbouring Russia following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Taavi Roivas' Reform Party won 28 percent, ahead of 25 percent for the opposition centre-left Centre Party which wanted Estonians to embrace a new policy of better relations with Moscow to ensure security for the small Baltic state. The vote reaffirmed support for a coalition government which has urged the West to unite in deterring Russian President Vladimir Putin. Estonia has suffered more frequent breaches of its airspace by Russian military aircraft since Moscow annexed Crimea. More »

  • Mass March To Honour Murdered Putin Critic
    Mass March To Honour Murdered Putin Critic Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through the streets of central Moscow to honour murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Organisers said more than 70,000 people joined the rally to mourn the former deputy prime minister, who was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday. Many of the demonstrators carried portraits of Putin critic Mr Nemtsov, as well as placards declaring "I am not afraid" and "He died for Russia's future". Opposition leaders said the protest was aimed at stopping a "campaign of hate" directed at those who question President Vladimir Putin's rule. More »

  • Anti-Putin protesters rally in New York after Nemtsov's murder
    Anti-Putin protesters rally in New York after Nemtsov's murder Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters rallied in New York City on Sunday near the Russian permanent mission to the United Nations to denounce the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, despite fear of reprisals to themselves or family members back in Russia. Many carried signs that read "Putin Plague of 21st Century" and "Stop Dictator Putin - Stop Murderers," referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is denounced as an autocrat by a small but vocal opposition. "I know a lot of people who are discouraged to come because they're scared that their pictures or names appearing in the news will cause problems for their relatives back in Russia," Dimitry Smelansky, a 50-year old engineer who travelled to New York from Boston to take part in the rally. More »

  • Why Russians march: to replace 'campaigns of hate' Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    In unexpected numbers, about 50,000 Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent pro-democracy figure gunned down just two days before. A state-run hate campaign has indeed escalated against domestic critics of the policies of President Vladimir Putin, especially since Russia took the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea last spring. More »

  • In Moscow, a protest march becomes a wake for slain opposition politician Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    A planned anti-Kremlin protest became a grim march of mourning Sunday, as tens of thousands of people filed past the flower-strewn spot next to Red Square where liberal activist Boris Nemtsov was murdered, gangland-style, late Friday night. Nemtsov, a charismatic former physicist, was elected governor of one of Russia's biggest regions, Nizhni Novgorod, in the early 1990's. An ardently pro-Western, free market advocate, he was appointed as deputy prime minister by then President Boris Yeltsin and groomed as his possible successor. Amid corruption scandals and a financial crash, Mr. Yeltsin instead chose the chief of the former KGB security service, a relative unknown named Vladimir Putin, in 1999. "He never changed his views, not for the sake of his career or anything else," says Lyudmilla Alexeyeva, a founder of Russia's oldest human rights organization, the Moscow Helsinki Group. More »

  • Putin accused over Nemtsov shooting
    Putin accused over Nemtsov shooting Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko's widow has said Boris Nemtsov's shooting was the Russian government's way of saying that anyone who spoke out against Vladimir Putin would be killed. More »

  • Memorial rally in Moscow for slain Russian opposition leader
    Memorial rally in Moscow for slain Russian opposition leader Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Supporters of Boris Nemtsov were preparing to march through Moscow Sunday afternoon in an outpouring of anger and grief at the brutal murder of the opposition leader and fervent critic of Vladimir Putin, who has vowed to bring the killers to justice. More »

  • West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers
    West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. More »

  • 'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned
    'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    David Cameron has condemned the killing of Russia's former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov as "despicable" and "callous". The Prime Minister added the Russian people had been deprived of a champion of their rights and that Mr Nemtsov was greatly admired in Britain, not least by Margaret Thatcher. "I am shocked and sickened by the callous murder of Boris Nemtsov as he walked in the heart Moscow last night," he said. Mr Nemtsov, who was a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, died after being shot four times by an unidentified attacker in a passing car during the early hours of Saturday. More »

  • Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say
    Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power. More »

  • Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin
    Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By Timothy Heritage and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. National investigators who answer to Putin say they are pursuing several lines of inquiry, including the possibility that Nemtsov, a Jew, was killed by radical Islamists or that the opposition killed him to blacken the president's name. Putin's opponents say such suggestions show the cynicism of Russia's leaders as they whip up nationalism, hatred and anti-Western hysteria to rally support for his policies on Ukraine and deflect blame for an economic crisis. "It is a blow to Russia. More »

  • Death threats and a late night dinner before Russia's Nemtsov was shot  … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - It was near closing time on Friday at the upscale Bosco restaurant that looks out onto the illuminated red-brick walls of Moscow's Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov and his young, dark-haired girlfriend were finishing dinner. A political reformer who had fallen foul of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov had been preoccupied for weeks with details of an opposition march planned for Sunday. Nemtsov also broke off for an interview with a Ukrainian radio station eager for the details of the rally. More »

  • The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov: More a Shock Than a Surprise
    The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov: More a Shock Than a Surprise Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Hours after Boris Nemtsov was slain on Friday night near the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to seek justice: "Everything will be done so that the organizers and perpetrators of a vile and cynical murder get the punishment they deserve," he said in a condolence message to the 55-year-old Nemtsov's mother. A country which is not applying bandit methods to its own citizens and neighbors. More »