Zhanna Nemtsova, journalist, human rights activist and daughter of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was guest speaker at discussion to launch the Legatum Institute’s new partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Foreign Affairs.
Nemtsova urged the international community to help her draw public attention to her father’s case. His murder investigation is currently in a deadlock—nine months after he was gunned down in front of the Kremlin. International pressure, she explained, will force the investigation forward; without it, the conclusion that the gunmen were the sole perpetrators will remain unchallenged.
Under Vladimir Putin’s regime, Russia is not a place for discussion, Nemtsova claimed. She remained determined in her pursuit for justice, however, as she told her audience that the deaths of too many opposition voices have gone unchecked and this must stop.
Nemtsova said she would pursue public hearings in the European Parliament, a special report in the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and a UN investigation committee. International initiatives such as this, she hoped, would put pressure on Russia to respond.
Nemtsova warned against the spread of dangerous propaganda in Russia. She believed it was not journalists, but political warmongers, who incited hatred and violence toward her father in the last few months of his life, ultimately resulting in his death.
Nemtsova repeated her commitment to continue her father’s legacy in fighting for democracy. She has set up a foundation in his name that promotes education and open discussion in her homeland.
The conversation, in the House of Lords, was co-chaired by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and Khalid Mahmood MP, with an introduction by the Legatum Institute’s Peter Pomerantsev. Members of the media and the House of Lords, as well as Russia experts and think tankers, attended the event.
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