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Tillerson's Staff Calls on Russia to Probe Opposition Leader's Death

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By    |   Friday, 30 Jun 2017 03:23 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's staff called on Russia to conduct a full probe into the death of a Russian opposition leader, in the wake of convictions of five men in the killing.

Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader, was killed in 2015 while writing a report that accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to improve his popularity by invading Ukraine, according to the Washington Examiner.

The State Department sided with the critics of Putin's regime.

"We welcome the news that five of the persons responsible for the murder of Boris Nemtsov have been convicted of the crime. We call once more on the Russian government to ensure that all involved in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, including anyone involved in organizing or ordering the crime, are brought to justice," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, posted on the State Department's Twitter account.

Nemtsov's family accused the Russians of slowing down efforts to discover who orchestrated the killing. They believe that whoever did it has ties to Putin, according to Reuters. 

Zhanna Nemtsova, Nemtsov's daughter, criticized the investigation. "Clearly, investigators and the court did not strive to establish the truth. It was of course not a proper investigation, but only an imitation of one," Nemtsova said.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's staff called on Russia to conduct a full probe into the death of a Russian opposition leader, in the wake of convictions of five men in the killing.
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