Russians March in Memory of Nemtsov Four Years After His Murder
Feb 25, 2019 12:09 pm
Nemtsov, aged 55 at the time, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 while crossing a bridge close to the Kremlin
Thousands gathered in central Moscow on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s murder.
Nemtsov, aged 55 at the time, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 while crossing a bridge close to the Kremlin. A vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, he had been working on a report examining Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.
Though five men have been convicted for his killing, his supporters say the architects of the murder have yet to be brought to justice.
At the march on Sunday, participants carried signs demanding justice for his death. They also chanted slogans that have become familiar at opposition rallies: “Russia without Putin” and “Putin is a thief.”
Interior Ministry estimates cited by Interfax put the number of participants in Moscow at 6,000. According to White Counter, an NGO that tallies up participants at rallies using metal detector frames, around 10,800 people turned out for the march.
Several prominent opposition politicians, including Alexei Navalny, Dmitry Gudkov, Grigory Yavlinsky and Ilya Yashin, also attended the march.
Rallies took place in at least 20 cities across Russia, the liberal-leaning Ekho Moskvy radio station reported, including St. Petersburg. Authorities denied approval to seven of these events.
The OVD-Info police monitoring website reported at least one person has been detained at the Moscow march, which was approved by the authorities.
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