Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic

Dina Eidman (L), 87, the mother of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and Nemtsov's widow Ekaterina Odintsova (R) attend his funeral in Moscow on March 3, 2015Thousands of mourners turned out to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin’s rule. Crowds thronged the Russian capital to mourn the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, a longtime Putin critic and anti-corruption crusader who was laid to rest at a Moscow cemetery. The funeral caused a fresh spat between Russia and the European Union, which condemned what it called “arbitrary” bans after Russia blocked prominent figures from Poland and Latvia from attending. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was also unable to attend as he is behind bars, but speaking from jail he accused “the country’s political leadership” of ordering a hit on Nemtsov.

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