Economists and businessmen attending the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum began the third day of the event with a moment of silence in memory of former deputy prime minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in Moscow on the night of Feb. 27. Opening the forum sessions on Saturday, Feb. 28, First Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told participants: “Today a serious tragedy occurred. Boris Efimovich Nemtsov was cruelly murdered. He was a young, bright and very talented politician. Many of those gathered here knew him personally. We spent many years in Russian politics together.”
Dvorkovich called Nemtsov a bright light in Russian political life in the 1990s as well as later.
Vladimir Mau, the rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) called Nemtsov one of the most active participants in the political and economic life of the country.
The forum participants called for a quick and thorough investigation into the killing.
The Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum is one of Russia’s main meetings between economists, businessmen and regional officials. It is held annually in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, 2,500 miles east of Moscow.
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