The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights remains profoundly
shocked by the murder of Boris Nemtsov, an internationally renowned
leader and figurehead of the political opposition in Russia, just
outside the Kremlin in Moscow on 27 February 2015.
It notes that five Chechen men have been convicted of his
murder. It considers, however, that various aspects of the investigation
and the prosecution's case give rise to serious concerns as to the
independence and effectiveness of the authorities' efforts to identify
and prosecute all participants in the crime, including its instigators
and organisers. The Russian authorities are therefore called upon
to reopen and continue their investigation of the murder, including
by taking a series of specific steps.
All Council of Europe member and observer States are invited
to remind the Russian authorities of the need to identify and prosecute
all participants in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and to consider
including in the list of persons subjected to targeted “Magnitsky”
sanctions those responsible for the failure to take the necessary investigative
measures required to identify the instigators and organisers of
the murder of Boris Nemtsov.