A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov is seen during a march to commemorate him in central Moscow March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Maybe it was Islamist extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov.The agency also listed the possibility that the killing was carried out by Islamist extremists angered by Nemtsov's position on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris or was connected to the Ukraine conflict, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since April.Nemtsov was working on a report presenting evidence that he believed proved Russia was directly involved in the Ukraine conflict, despite official denials that it has supplied the separatists with troops and sophisticated weapons.Nemtsov then served a term in Russia's parliament until all opposition parties were driven out as Putin consolidated his power.Putin ordered Russia's law enforcement chiefs personally to oversee the investigation of Nemtsov's killing.On a political talk show on Channel One state television Saturday night, the discussion was framed around the question of "who benefits" from Nemtsov's killing, with the accepted conclusion that it serves only Russia's enemies.German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Nemtsov's courage in criticizing Kremlin policies, and urged Putin to ensure that the killers are brought to justice, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
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