14:00 Mar. 30, 2016
Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of the slain Kremlin critic, receives 'Women of Courage' award
The daughter of murdered Kremlin opposition politician Boris Nemtsov received the American State Department's International Women of Courage award.
Zhanna Nemtsova was among 14 recipients honoured by the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The ceremony took place in Washington, USA on March 29.
Kerry praised Nemtsova for standing up to Russia's "officially sanctioned propaganda that spreads lies".
"She demonstrated unwavering courage and tireless work to expose corruption and defend the legal rights of Russian citizens", Kerry said in his speech.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft also congratulated Nemtsova on the award. He applauded "her outspoken determination to expose the dangerous and irresponsible use of propaganda".
The International Women of Courage award was established in 2007. It honours the "women who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women's equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk".
This is not the first award for Nemtsova. Last August she received the USD 1.1 million Solidarity Prize in Poland. Nemtsova pledged to donate EUR 700.000 to support people who have suffered from the war in Ukraine.
Zhanna Nemtsova worked as a journalist at a Russian news outlet. She left the country shortly after her father was killed near the Kremlin on February 27, 2015.
Russian investigators have charged four men of commiting the crime. Nemtsov's relatives and lawyers have rejected their conclusions. They are insisting high-rank Russian officials are behind the murder.