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Senators Urge Obama to Support Independent Nemtsov Murder Investigation

© Fotobank.ru/Getty Images / Win McNameeSen. John McCain
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John McCain and Lindsey Graham called on US President Barack Obama and the international community to conduct an independent investigation.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham introduced a resolution on Wednesday condemning the assassination of Russia’s opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called on US President Barack Obama and the international community to conduct an independent investigation.

The resolution “urges the President to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution that establishes an independent investigation into the assassination.”

Paying last respects to politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow - Sputnik International
Mourners Pay Last Respects to Russian Politician Boris Nemtsov
The resolution also urges the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to obtain and publish the investigative report on Ukrainian crisis that Nemtsov planned to release in the near future “as part of the OSCE observer role in eastern Ukraine.”

Moreover, McCain and Graham requested in the resolution for Obama to include new people on the visa ban list under the Magnitsky Act that Nemtsov requested to be added, according to the document.

Nemtsov was fatally shot in downtown Moscow last Friday night while walking home with a female companion. Shortly after the assassination, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service to create a joint investigative team to solve the murder.

At present, Russian investigators are following several lines of inquiry regarding the murder, including the possibility of it being a contract killing as well as possible links to the events in Ukraine and business motives.


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