Rubio moves to name street outside Russian embassy after slain opposition leader

Rubio moves to name street outside Russian embassy after slain opposition leader
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail Freedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers MORE (R-Fla.) introduced legislation on Monday to name the street in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., after a slain Russian opposition leader.

Rubio wants to designate the street “Boris Nemtsov Plaza,” after a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was killed in 2015.

Nemtsov was shot in the back in central Moscow. Before his murder, he was allegedly working on a report detailing the Kremlin’s role in supplying weapons to Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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“Two years ago, Boris Nemtsov was murdered on a Moscow bridge within view of the Kremlin and no one has been held to account,” Rubio said in a statement Monday evening.

“He was just one of Vladimir Putin’s critics who have wound up dead or hospitalized as the regime cracks down on any opposition and rules Russian with an iron fist.”

“The creation of ‘Boris Nemtsov Plaza’ would permanently remind Putin’s regime and the Russian people that these dissidents’ voices live on, and that defends of liberty will not be silenced.”

The action comes amid questions about Russia's ties to President Trump's campaign and investigations into the nation's meddling into the U.S. presidential election.