Russian President Vladimir Putin says the murder of Boris Nemtsov a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Days after Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov gunned down in the streets just steps away from the Kremlin -- Russian President Vladimir Putin calls it a shameful tragedy carrying a political subtext. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "The most serious attention should be paid to high-profile crimes, including the ones with a political subtext. Russia should be devoid at last of the kind of shame and tragedies like the one we have recently endured and seen. I mean the murder, the audacious murder of Boris Nemtsov right in the centre of the capital." The Kremlin denies any involvement, saying the killing was a "provocation" designed to discredit Putin. Nemtsov's friends say otherwise -- blaming the Kremlin for creating an atmosphere of hatred towards its opponents. Authorities have not made any arrests so far. Earlier on Wednesday, the director of Russia's Federal Security Service said that an investigation had identified several suspects, without offering any details.