European Parliament requests independent international investigation of Nemtsov`s murder

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The resolution calls the assassination of Nemtsov the most significant political murder in recent Russian history.

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the murder of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the state of democracy in Russia.

The assassination of Nemtsov is called the "most significant political murder in recent Russian history". It requests "an independent international investigation" of the murder.

According to the European Parliament, "the instruments available within the framework of the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the United Nations would help to ensure an impartial and fair investigation."

The European Parliament paid tribute to Nemtsov, who "committed his life to a more democratic, prosperous, open Russia and to strong partnerships between Russia and its neighbors and partners."

Members of the European Parliament criticized the decision of the Russian leadership to prevent some representatives of the EU from attending the funeral of Nemtsov.

The European Parliament asks the EU Executive Bodies and the Member States, in framing their future policy towards Russia, to take into account the fact that "the political atmosphere which the Russian authorities have created has prepared fertile ground for such murders, violence and pressure.

It voiced "deep concern about the systematic harassment of the opposition, human rights activists, minorities and neighboring countries, which has been cultivated in Russia in recent years and provoked by propaganda of the state and the official media and has turned into the war against democratic and fundamental values."

The European Parliament called on the Russian authorities "to stop the shameful propaganda and information war against its neighbors, the Western world and its own people, which is turning Russia into a state characterised by terror and fear."

The resolution also contains calls to release the Ukrainian pilot and the deputy of the PACE Nadiya Savchenko, the Estonian police officer Eston Kohver who was kidnapped in Estonia and brought to Russia, to promote international investigation of the Malaysian airliner crash, to return the wreckage of the Polish government plane crashed near Smolensk to Poland.

The European Parliament urged the European External Action Service and the Commission to develop "a stronger programme of support for civil society in Russia and in the annexed Crimea."

Text and pictures by INTERFAX.RU