Thousands march in Moscow in memory of Nemtsov

2017-02-26 19:02
People waving flags of different opposition movements, march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

People waving flags of different opposition movements, march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

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Moscow - Thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday in memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, two years after he was shot dead near the Kremlin.

The assassination of the former deputy prime minister on February 27 2015 was the highest-profile killing of a critic of President Vladimir Putin since the ex-KGB officer took charge in 2000.

Five Chechen men from Russia's volatile North Caucasus are currently on trial for carrying out a contract hit, but those who ordered the killing have not been brought to justice.

Charismatic Nemtsov - who went from Kremlin insider under Boris Yeltsin to one of Putin's fiercest foes - was hit in the back by four fatal shots as he walked home across a bridge by the Kremlin with his girlfriend.

The march on Sunday was permitted by the authorities but not allowed to include a makeshift memorial officials have repeatedly sought to dismantle at the spot Nemstov was killed.

About 15 000 demonstrators and organisers, surrounded by a heavy police presence, waved Russian flags and posters criticising the Kremlin and Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, which Nemtsov had fiercely opposed right up to his death.


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