A march commemorating the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg, reports Dozhd.
At the moment, the march in Moscow is over. Information reports on the number of march participants in Moscow are different. Websites counted 10 800 participants, while the police counted 6 000 participants.
The procession began at 14:00 local time (13:00 Kyiv time) on Strastnoy Boulevard.
The way to join the march was closed around 14:20. The police did not let people through the metal detectors without explaining the reasons, Dmitry Ionov, one of the coordinators said. About 150 people were behind closed frames. At about 14:45, the passage was opened.
According to Meduza, people carried flags of Russia and political parties, portraits of Boris Nemtsov and banners. They chanted "Russia will be free" and "Kadyrov is the shame of Russia." The participants of the action honored the memory of Nemtsov with a minute of silence.
According to OVD-Info, before the rally, police detained Timofey Petrushenko, who brought a poster with an obscene statement about President Vladimir Putin. When the man left the poster in the storage room and went to the frames at the entrance to the march, he was detained.
Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov was killed in the center of Moscow on the night of February 28, 2015. On July 13, the Moscow District Military Court found five defendants in the case guilty of murdering a politician and sentenced them to terms ranging from 11 to 20 years imprisonment in a high-security penal colony. According to the investigation, the alleged customer and organizer of the crime is the former officer of the "Sever" battalion Ruslan Mukhudinov.