Miami, FL— U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-276) was signed into law. This makes official the designation of the street sign in front of the Russian Embassy as Boris Nemtsov Plaza in honor of the slain Russian opposition leader.
“Boris Nemtsov Plaza will serve as a permanent reminder that the voices of liberty live on and the Putin regime cannot use murder and intimidation to silence dissent. It is my hope that one day there will be a government in Moscow that is proud to have Nemtsov’s name outside of its embassy in Washington, D.C. Until that day comes, we will continue to stand with all those Russians fighting for a free and democratic future like the one envisioned by the late Boris Nemtsov. I am proud to have worked with the D.C. City Council on this important initiative.”
Timeline of Rubio’s Efforts on Boris Nemtsov Plaza
February 6, 2018 – The D.C. Council unanimously passes B22-0539 Boris Nemtsov Plaza under emergency designation.
January 25, 2018 – D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signs D.C. Act 22-235, the Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Emergency Act of 2018 on an emergency basis.
January 10, 2018 – Rubio Applauds DC City Council Approval of Boris Nemtsov Plaza
December 8, 2017 – Rubio was interviewed by Nemtsov’s daughter, Zhanna Nemtsova
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 30, 2017– The Washington Post backs the Boris Nemtsov Plaza Designation Act
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.
May 17, 2017 – Rubio bill passes out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously
April 13, 2017 – Russian opposition figure 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 – Rubio meets with Russian opposition figure and longtime ally of Boris Nemtsov Vladimir Kara-Murza to discuss Nemtsov Plaza
March 15, 2017 – @MarcoRubio: How to make sure the Kremlin & Vladimir Putin remember Boris Nemtsov by Vladimir Kara-Murza
February 27, 2017 – Rubio Introduces Legislation Renaming Street in Front of Russian Embassy in Honor of Assassinated Dissident on second anniversary of Nemtsov’s assassination
February 18, 2017 – Key Moments from Rubio's Hearing with Human Rights Activists where he raises Boris Nemtsov’s murder
February 28, 2015 – Rubio Issues a Statement On Assassination Of Russian Opposition Leader, Boris Nemtsov
February 27, 2015 – Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is assassinated on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow, steps away from the Kremlin