Thousands march in Moscow to honour Kremlin critic killed in 2015 | Reuters

MOSCOW Thousands of Russians marched through the centre of Moscow on Sunday to honour opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years after he was gunned down near the Kremlin walls, and to call for further investigations into his killing.The 55-year-old Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on a bridge near the Kremlin late in the evening of Feb. 27, 2015, as he walked home with his girlfriend from a restaurant.Investigators have charged several Chechen men with the murder, but lawyers for Nemtsov's daughter said the investigation had failed to uncover who ordered the shooting.Putin has said that he supported the investigation into Nemtsov's murder.'We gathered here to demand bringing of Boris Nemtsov's killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organisers and those who ordered it,' Ilya Yashin, a Russian opposition activist and an organiser of the march, told Reuters.'We gathered here to demand political reforms and release of political prisoners.' The march coincided with the release of an anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin from a Siberian prison on Sunday. He was the first person jailed under new rules that made some forms of non-violent protest a criminal offence.The authorities blocked off several streets in central Moscow for Sunday's event, sealing in the marchers with metal fencing guarded by police.

Reuters February 26, 2017 22:02:16 IST
Thousands march in Moscow to honour Kremlin critic killed in 2015
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Thousands march in Moscow to honour Kremlin critic killed in 2015
 Reuters

MOSCOW Thousands of Russians marched through the centre of Moscow on Sunday to honour opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years after he was gunned down near the Kremlin walls, and to call for further investigations into his killing.The 55-year-old Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on a bridge near the Kremlin late in the evening of Feb. 27, 2015, as he walked home with his girlfriend from a restaurant.Investigators have charged several Chechen men with the murder, but lawyers for Nemtsov's daughter said the investigation had failed to uncover who ordered the shooting.Putin has said that he supported the investigation into Nemtsov's murder."We gathered here to demand bringing of Boris Nemtsov's killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organisers and those who ordered it," Ilya Yashin, a Russian opposition activist and an organiser of the march, told Reuters."We gathered here to demand political reforms and release of political prisoners."

The march coincided with the release of an anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin from a Siberian prison on Sunday. He was the first person jailed under new rules that made some forms of non-violent protest a criminal offence.The authorities blocked off several streets in central Moscow for Sunday's event, sealing in the marchers with metal fencing guarded by police.

Police put the number of marchers at 5,000, but a group of voluntary observers said there were more than 15,000 demonstrators.The march gathered together political parties and opposition movements. "Boris Nemtsov is a hero of Russia," read one banner. Some carried portraits of Nemtsov and chanted "Russia without Putin" and "Russia will be free".

"Hands off Ukraine," some people chanted. Nemtsov had authored an excoriating report on Putin's rule and, shortly before he was killed, had been working on a report examining the Russian military's role in Ukraine. (Reporting by Valery Stepchenkov; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Ros Russell)

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