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United Nation, March 1 :  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Nemtsov was shot dead in downtown Moscow on Friday night. A statement released by Ban’s spokesperson said the UN chief was shocked by the brutal killing of the Russian politician, Xinhua news agency reported. (Read: UN chief appoints new Iraq envoy) Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin Says He’s Not Ready To Recognise Joe Biden As US President

“The Secretary-General notes that an investigation into this murder has been announced, and he expects the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly,” the statement said. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Sputnik V to Cost Less Than Pfizer, Moderna COVID Vax, Claims Russia

The Russian Investigative Committee has launched a comprehensive investigation, which is pursuing several lines, including the possibility of an attempt to destabilise the political situation in Russia, the internal situation in Ukraine and possible connections with Nemtsov’s business activities or personal animosity.