MOSCOW Thousands of Russians marched via the middle of Moscow on Sunday to honor opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years following he was gunned down in close proximity to the Kremlin walls, and to call for further investigations into his killing.
The fifty five-calendar year-old Nemtsov, a previous deputy prime minister and prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot lifeless on a bridge in close proximity to the Kremlin late in the night of Feb. 27, 2015, as he walked house with his girlfriend from a restaurant.
Investigators have charged quite a few Chechen gentlemen with the murder, but lawyers for Nemtsov’s daughter said the investigation had failed to uncover who ordered the taking pictures.
Putin has said that he supported the investigation into Nemtsov’s murder.
“We gathered here to demand from customers bringing of Boris Nemtsov’s killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organizers and these who ordered it,” Ilya Yashin, a Russian opposition activist and an organizer of the march, told Reuters.
“We gathered here to demand from customers 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 initial person jailed under new principles that created some kinds of non-violent protest a criminal offense.
The authorities blocked off quite a few streets in central Moscow for Sunday’s party, sealing in the marchers with metal fencing guarded by law enforcement.
Law enforcement put the range of marchers at five,000, but a group of voluntary observers said there ended up extra than 15,000 demonstrators.
The march gathered jointly political events and opposition actions. “Boris Nemtsov is a hero of Russia,” examine a single banner.
Some carried portraits of Nemtsov and chanted “Russia without Putin” and “Russia will be no cost”.
“Palms off Ukraine,” some individuals chanted.
Nemtsov had authored an excoriating report on Putin’s rule and, soon prior to he was killed, had been working on a report inspecting the Russian military’s purpose in Ukraine.
(Reporting by Valery Stepchenkov writing by Polina Devitt modifying by Ros Russell)