Thursday, February 25, 2016 1st Session • 42nd Parliament Volume 148 • Number 025
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I rise in honour of the late Boris Nemtsov. When one looks at his photos, one sees a man who had a twinkle in his eye, a love of life. However, he had an even greater love: the Russian people. For this love, he was a fearless fighter for their dignity and for their rights.
A year ago, it was peculiar that Boris Nemtsov was not being arrested despite his harshest criticism to date of Putin’s kleptocratic dictatorship and war of aggression against Ukraine. Arrests were not working in Boris’ case; bullets would send a clearer message. The Kremlin was chosen as the kill zone, the most unlikely place for an assassination unless the professional killers felt protected.
Afterward, investigators committed the indignity of partially undressing Boris’ corpse while filming live for Russian TV with the Kremlin as a backdrop: a gruesome message to what remains of Russia’s democratic opposition from a psychopathic killer.
This weekend, in Russia, people will remember.
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