The Chairman of Fund of Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. gave an interview to Russian service “voice of America”
On Tuesday 9 January 2018, at its first meeting in the new year, the city Council of Washington voted unanimously in the first reading for a bill to rename the square in the capital of the United States, Embassy of the Russian Federation, in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
The Chairman of Fund of Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Kara-Murza in an interview with the Russian service “voice of America” noted that the decision of the Council of the American capital is an important event. “In its second decision, also unanimous, the city Council of Washington gave the bill the expedited nature of the renaming came into force on 27 February this year the third anniversary of the death of Boris Nemtsov, whose memory will be named this area”, – he said.
Second reading of the bill in city Council will be held, likely in February. After which the document will be sent for signature to the mayor of the American capital, Muriel Bowser, and after signing has already come into force.
“It is important to emphasize that today’s decision to grant the bill accelerated procedure, the city Council of Washington made so that the area of Boris Nemtsov on the map of the us capital will be available on February 27. Thus, the third anniversary of his death, for the first time in the world, his memory will be immortalized officially, – said Vladimir Kara-Murza. I would like to emphasize that the first official decision to perpetuate the memory of Boris Nemtsov, was made in Nizhny Novgorod in November 2016. The city Duma of Nizhny Novgorod overwhelming number of votes voted to install a plaque on the house where he lived Boris Nemtsov, who, as we know, was the first freely elected Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. More than a year, but the decision has not executed, has not entered into force, and we understand why.”
Vladimir Kara-Murza said that the current Russian government prevents the perpetuation of the memory of Boris Nemtsov. So, according to him, the Moscow authorities block any appeals, petitions, initiatives to perpetuate the memory.
“In this regard, it is important for us that citizens and parliamentarians in free and democratic countries do what we in our country today cannot do. In several world capitals, this Prague, and Vilnius, and Kiev, and a number of other cities, there are relevant initiatives to perpetuate the memory of Boris Nemtsov: either Park or square or street, or square,” said the Chairman of the Fund of Boris Nemtsov.
“After today’s decision, we can definitely say that Washington will become the first city in the world where it will be officially immortalized in the memory of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov,” he added.
Vladimir Kara-Murza has no doubt that in the future this will happen in Russia.
“I have absolutely no doubt that the day will come when the Russian Embassy in Washington will be proud of the fact that it is located in Piazza Boris Nemtsov,” he said.
According to Kara-Murza, today begins the planning of a commemorative ceremony of the opening area of Boris Nemtsov in Washington in front of the Russian Embassy on 27 February 2018.
Journalist. Graduated from the Kyiv national University named after Taras Shevchenko. Worked on the channel “1+1” and “Channel 5”. On “Voice of America” in 2014.