The Russian foreign minister tells the U.N. Human Rights Council the Nemtsov murder is a ''heinous crime'' and that President Putin is ensuring control of the investigation.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday (March 2) called the murder of prominent Putin critic Boris Nemtsov a "heinous crime". Lavrov was addressing the 28th Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. "The attempt to use the heinous killing of Boris Nemtsov for political purposes is despicable. This is a heinous crime which will be fully investigated within the full framework of the law to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. President Putin immediately handed down all instructions and is ensuring special control over this investigation," Lavrov said. Nemtsov, 55, was one of the leading lights of a divided opposition struggling to revive its fortunes, three years after mass rallies against Putin failed to prevent him returning to the presidency after four years as prime minister. Nemtsov was shot dead metres from the Kremlin late on Friday (February 27).