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'Boris Nemtsov Plaza' Honors Slain Putin Foe

'Boris Nemtsov Plaza' Honors Slain Putin Foe
Boris Nemtsov is laid to rest at Troekurovskoye cemetery in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Members of Congress, State Department officials, and some prominent Russians and Ukrainians gathered on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., to honor the late Boris Nemtsov, onetime deputy premier of Russia — and sworn enemy of Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, who was mysteriously shot in the shadow of the Kremlin three years ago, will have a most poignant memorial: Part of Wisconsin Avenue (in full view of the Russian Embassy) will be named “Boris Nemtsov Plaza.”

Noting that flowers and private memorials placed on the Moscow bridge where the famed dissident was killed are regularly stolen by the Russian police, longtime Nemtsov associate Vladimir Kara-Murza told the audience that “they cannot kill his memory.”

Kara-Murza, himself the survivor of two poisonings, spoke of Nemtsov’s vision of a “free and democratic Russia … and that day will come.”

Joining in the dedication were Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, and Roger Wicker, and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen — all vigorous backers of a Nemtsov memorial.

“Boris Nemtsov Plaza,” however, was the result of a vote of the Washington, D.C., city council. The two council members who guided the naming to fruition, Phil Mendelson and Mary Cheh were proud participants in the ceremony.

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On the same day as Boris Nemtsov Plaza came to life in Washington, Frederick Studemann wrote in the Financial Times that the renaming of the street near the Russian Embassy “did not go down well in Moscow.”

Studemann reported that Mikhail Degtyarev, a national member of the Russian duma, “proposed, maturely, the rebadging of the street on which the U.S. Embassy is located [to] North American Dead End 1. It has a certain candour often absent from the silky rhetoric of letters of accreditation. Moscow city authorities are due to decide on the initiative later this month.”

“This misses the point of what it’s about,” Sen. Wicker told Newsmax. “It’s not a schoolyard fight or a name-calling match, but a tribute to someone who gave his life for what he believed in. And if some youngster from a country like Russia comes by on his bicycle, sees the sign and starts to read who Boris Nemtsov was, and then he decides to go home and fight for a free country—well, then we succeeded.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


 

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Members of Congress State Department officials, and some prominent Russians and Ukrainians gathered on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington D.C., to honor the late Boris Nemtsov, onetime deputy premier of Russia — and sworn enemy of Vladimir Putin.
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