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First anniversary of Nemtsov death to be marked in Russia, abroad

February 27, 11:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Rally will start at Strastnoi Bulvar and finish at Prospekt Akademika Sakharova, which is a traditional route for the opposition events
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MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Numerous events to mark the first anniversary of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov's death in downtown Moscow will be held in Russia and abroad on Saturday.

A rally organized by the Parnas political party, which Nemtsov co-chaired, was approved by the Moscow City Hall. Up to 50,000 people are allowed to attend the event.

The party initially submitted an application to hold the rally across the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin, where Nemtsov was gunned down a year ago, but the authorities proposed another route.

Rally will start at Strastnoi Bulvar and finish at Prospekt Akademika Sakharova, which is a traditional route for the opposition events. The activists will also lay flowers at Nemtsov’s grave at Moscow's Troekurovskoye cemetery and at the scene of his killing.

Nemtsov’s death will be commemorated in the capital of the Nizhniy Novgorod region, to the east of Moscow, where the politician served as governor in the 1990s. A rally will also take place Yaroslavl on the Volga, where Nemtsov spent his last years as a member of regional parliament.

Similar events will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, and a number of other cities.

London will host a presentation of Nemtsov’s foundation. "It will be broadcast at Moscow’s museum and public center of Akademik Sakharov," an executive director of the foundation, Olga Shorina said.

Nemtsov, former deputy prime minister under then-President Boris Yeltsin, and co-chairman of the Parnas party and deputy of the Yaroslavl regional duma, was killed in downtown Moscow late on February 27, 2015.

Five men, including suspected perpetrator Zaur Dadayev, have been formally charged in the Nemtsov murder case. They do not admit their guilt.

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