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Rubio Files Bill to Rename Street Outside Russian Embassy After Slain Putin Critic

Marco RubioU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has filed legislation to name a street in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., after one of Vladimir Putin’s slain opponents. 

Rubio’s proposal would name the street “Boris Nemtsov Plaza,” after a Boris Nemstov, a vocal opposition leader against Putin. He was assassinated in 2015.

“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,” Rubio said. “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.”

Rubio’s call for the street name comes amidst waves of criticism on the Trump administration for alleged ties to Russia. The Florida senator recently challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, pushing the former ExxonMobil CEO to call Putin a “war criminal.”

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