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Boris Nemtsov: Thousands march against Vladimir Putin in memory of slain Russian opposition leader



Thousands of Russian protesters gathered in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin and honored the memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Protesters carried portraits of the murdered politician on Sunday and marched behind a banner reading: "We have given Russia away to the crooks, it's time to take it back. ”

About 10,600 people gathered for the rally on a boulevard nearly a mile north of the Kremlin, according to White Counter, and an NGO that counties participants at rallies using metal detector frames

“This is a lot of opposition to Vladimir Putin. This is for a free and democratic Russia, "one of the event's organizers, politician Ilya Yashin, said in a video prior to the march.

Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Mr Putin, was shot dead on February 27, 2015, as he crossed a bridge near the Kremlin. The 55-year-old was working on a report investigating Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine.

His death sent a chill throu gh opposition circles and deprived Russians opposed to President Putin of a charismatic and energetic leader.

Activist Nataliya Gryaznyevich said that "Nemtsov was a very colorful political figure". She said his death "left an empty hole in politics".

Alexei Navalny, another critic of Mr Putin, was also present at the rally.

Many protesters questioned the Bolshoy Moskoveretsky Bridge where Nemtsov was shot sould be renamed after him, according to the Kyiv Post

Last year, Washington DC renamed the street outside the Russian embassy after Nemtsov.

In 2017, an officer in the security forces of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov was convicted of killing Nemtsov and jailed for 20 years.

Four others were convicted of being involved in the murder and handed terms between 11 and 19 years.

Thousands march in Moscow to remember murdered opposition leader Nemtsov last year
        

At the time, the late politician allies said the investigation had been covered and that had ordered his assassination.

Additional reporting by agencies


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