Rus­sians march to re­mem­ber slain op­po­si­tion leader

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MOSCOW — Thou­sands of Rus­sians marched through Moscow on Sun­day shout­ing slo­gans in­clud­ing “Rus­sia will be free!’’ and “Putin is war!’’ to mark two years since op­po­si­tion leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down out­side the Kremlin. Nemtsov, a for­mer Rus­sian deputy prime min­is­ter, was a fierce critic of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. His Feb. 27, 2015, death, in what ap­peared to be a con­tract killing, sparked an out­pour­ing of anger and fear from Rus­sia’s be­lea­guered op­po­si­tion move­ment.

The protest in Moscow was the largest op­po­si­tion gath­er­ing since a sim­i­lar me­mo­rial march for Nemtsov last year. Moscow po­lice said 5,000 at­tended the event but or­ga­niz­ers put the fig­ure in the tens of thou­sands. The event largely oc­curred without in­ci­dent, but po­lice made sev­eral ar­rests and op­po­si­tion leader Mikhail Kasyanov was at­tacked dur­ing in the march by an un­known as­sailant who threw green dye in his face.

Af­ter the march, thou­sands of peo­ple went to lay flow­ers on the site on the cen­tral Moscow bridge where Nemtsov was killed by an at­tacker who shot him sev­eral times in the back as he was walk­ing home with his girl­friend.

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