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March in memory of Boris Nemtsov ends in Moscow

March 01, 2015, 18:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the press service of the Moscow police department, about 21,000 people took part in march

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MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. A march of mourning in memory of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in central Moscow overnight to Saturday, has ended in central Moscow.

According to the press service of the Moscow police department, about 21,000 people took part in the Sunday march in Moscow. On Saturday, the Moscow authorities issued a permit for a march of up to 50,000.

Participants walked from the Kitai-Gorod metro station to the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, the scene of the murder. People were carrying portraits of Nemtsov, Russian flags with mourning bands. The people were solemnly silent. No slogans were heard. Portraits had signs reading "He fought for free Russia," "He fought for our future," as well as the core slogan of the march - "Heroes do not die, and those bullets are aimed at each of us."

Mikhail Kasyanov, a co-chairman of the RPR-Parnas party, delieverd a short speck at the scene of Nemtsov’s murder. "Boris is with us… We shall not forgive, the murderers will be punished," he said. He suggested the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge be renamed Nemtsovsky Bridge.

Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead while walking along the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge overnight to Saturday with several shots from a handgun from a car passing by him.

He was a co-chair of the RPR-Parnas liberal democratic political party and a deputy of a regional legislature, the Yaroslavl City Duma. Nemtsov held a number of Russian government positions in the 1990s.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on charges of a murder and illegal possession of arms. The investigators have several theories of the murder, while not ruling out that this was a contract killing. On Sunday, the Investigative Committee asked those who witnessed the murder to contact the investigators.

Nemtsov will be buried at Moscow’s Troyekurovskoye Cemetery on March 3.

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