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Rubio Applauds DC City Council Approval of Boris Nemtsov Plaza

Jan 10, 2018 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the Washington, D.C. City Council voted to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy as Boris Nemtsov Plaza:

“After prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was brazenly murdered outside the Kremlin in February 2015, I worked to honor his legacy by renaming the block outside the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Because this legislation faced an uncertain path in the Senate, Senator Coons and I looked outside the halls of Congress and enlisted the help of the D.C. City Council to implement this proposal as quickly as possible. 
“I am proud that the D.C. City Council has approved plans to rename the street ‘Boris Nemtsov Plaza,’ and I thank Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Mary Cheh for their leadership. Starting on the third anniversary of Mr. Nemtsov’s assassination, there will be a sign in front of the Russian Embassy to remind Vladimir Putin and his cronies that they cannot use murder, violence, and intimidation to silence dissent.

“It is my hope, and the hope of so many Russians fighting for a free and democratic future, that someday there will be a government in Russia that is proud to have Boris Nemtsov’s name outside of their embassy.”

Timeline of Rubio’s Efforts on Boris Nemtsov Plaza

December 7, 2017–@SenRubioPress: Yesterday @councilofdc had a hearing on a bill to rename the street in front of Russia’s Embassy in memory of slain opposition leader #BorisNemtsov. Today I sat down with his daughter @ZhannaNemtsova to discuss it. You can catch the full interview Dec. 13th
December 6, 2017–Rubio Applauds DC City Council for Taking Up Boris Nemtsov Plaza Legislation
November 1, 2017–Rubio met with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Vladimir Kara-Murza, D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Mary Cheh to discuss Boris Nemtsov Plaza.

April 13, 2017–Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza says Rubio bill would be “very important reminder” to Putin regime
April 5, 2017–Rubio, Shaheen Call on Tillerson to Meet With Russian Civil Society Groups During Upcoming Trip
March 30, 2017–Rubio speaks at the Atlantic Council on human rights in Russia under Putin
March 30, 2017–@SenRubioPress: The street outside #Russia’s embassy in DC should look like this.
March 15, 2017–@MarcoRubio: How to make sure the Kremlin & Vladimir Putin remember Boris Nemtsov
February 27, 2017–Rubio Introduces Legislation Renaming Street in Front of Russian Embassy in Honor of Assassinated Dissident
February 26, 2017–@SenRubioPress: Outside Russian embassy today, a message of solidarity from Sen. @marcorubio marking 2nd anniv of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s murder.
February 18, 2017–Key Moments from Rubio’s Hearing with Human Rights Activists
May 26, 2016–On Senate Floor, Rubio Calls For Release Of Political Prisoners Worldwide
February 28, 2015–Rubio Comments On Assassination Of Russian Opposition Leader