Gardner Calls For Russian Accountability in Nemtsov Murder

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee On Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, announced today that he is an original co-sponsor of a resolution condemning the tragic murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and calling for a swift, transparent, and full international investigation into this crime.

Additionally, the resolution calls on the Obama Administration to add the names of persons identified by Mr. Nemtsov to the visa ban list provided for by existing Russian sanctions, encourages the Administration to send a high level U.S. delegation to Mr. Nemtsov’s funeral service, and urges greater support for freedom-promoting partners in Russia to combat the growing totalitarian influence of President Vladimir Putin.

“The murder of Boris Nemtsov is another tragic reminder of how far off the path towards a free and open society Russia has fallen,” Gardner said. “Boris Nemtsov was a courageous figure in Russia’s opposition, and his dedication to the fight against corruption and in support of basic human rights should not go unnoticed. The world deserves a full account of the circumstances surrounding his death, and not just a sham hunt for the ‘real killer’ orchestrated out of the Kremlin.

“A clear message must be sent to the Russian people from the people of the United States: We mourn the loss of this great humanitarian activist, we hear your calls for freedom and liberty, and we are forever your ally in the fight for a more just, open, and democratic society.”