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Russia's Nemtsov gives last interview hours before death

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:22

Opposition activist Boris Nemtsov gives his final televised interview less than three hours before being shot dead near the Kremlin. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Just hours before Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on the streets of Moscow Friday night... ...he was here, at this radio studio to promote his upcoming opposition march that had been scheduled for Sunday. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) OPPOSITION LEADER, BORIS NEMTSOV, SAYING: "We believe that to set order in the country and overcome the crisis, important political changes are needed. Namely, it is necessary to hold honest elections, with the opposition naturally taking part, and to abolish censorship -- to stop that mean propaganda of lies which simply turned upside-down the mentality of the Russian people." Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, had been an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin... ...and his alleged involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) OPPOSITION LEADER, BORIS NEMTSOV, SAYING: "The main reason of the crisis is because Putin started that insane, aggressive, murderous - for our country and for many of our citizens - policy of war with Ukraine. The presence of the Russian troops there is well-documented." The Kremlin denies any role in the fighting. Nemtsov had previously said he feared Putin may want him dead. As tens of thousands marched on Sunday to honor his memory, Putin promised Nemtsov's mother that her son's killers would be found and punished.

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Russia's Nemtsov gives last interview hours before death

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:22