Russians march to remember slain opposition leader
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.