The State Duma has refused to conduct a parliamentary investigation into the death of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered outside the Kremlin earlier this year, liberal lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov said Monday.
This is reported by Moscow Times.
The refusal is supposedly based on the premise that federal law “prevents parliamentary investigations from seeking to establish the guilt of specific individuals involved in committing a crime,” Gudkov, who had called for the inquiry, wrote on his Facebook page.
“Translated into Russian, this means: ‘You will only know that truth that we will allow to be told to you,'” Gudkov added, posting a copy of the refusal signed by Vladimir Pligin, who heads the Duma’s Committee on Constitution and State Affairs.
Opposition leader Boris Nemtov, 55, was shot dead while crossing the Bolshoi Moskovsky Bridge outside the Kremlin on the night of February. 27. The main suspect in the crime, Chechen-born Zaur Dadaev, initially admitted to committing the crime before saying that he had been tortured into making a confession, Moscow Times writes.
Dmitry Gudkov was elected to the State Duma in 2011, and the 35-year old deputy has opposed many legislative initiatives of symbolic importance to Kremlin. Gudkov has served as an independent since being ousted from the A just Russia opposition party in 2013.