We are truly shocked and saddened to learn about the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov (55), former Russian Prime Minister, a great statesman and the most well-known opposition leader in the Russian Federation.
Mr Nemtsov was one of the key politicians who after the collapse of the Soviet Union advocated complete democratisation and significant reforms of the Russian system.
He never accepted Putinís authoritarianism where civil and human rights of millions of Russian citizens are violated on the daily basis. Despite frequent death threats and arrests, Mr Nemtsov had never lost his faith in a free and democratic Russia. He was admired in Russia and all around the world for his courage and devotion to his country and people.
Mr Nemtsov was a true freedom lover with strong convictions and beliefs in Russiaís bright future. He was a great and much appreciated friend of many of the IYDU and IDU organisations where people never ceased to admire his fearlessness. Mr Nemtsov met many IYDU representatives to share his views and vision of the things.
The International Young Democrat Union calls upon the Russian authorities to conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into the circumstances of the murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice.~
We express our sincere condolences to Mr Nemtsov family, his friends and people of Russia.