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Year after murder, Russian opposition pays respects to Nemtsov

Russian opposition supporters carry portraits of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov during a march in central Moscow shortly after he was gunned downThousands of Russians prepared Saturday to honour the memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin’s rule. Before the start of the march Russians brought flowers and candles to the bridge near the Kremlin walls where Nemtsov, a jovial 55-year-old with a mop of black curly hair, was killed. On the eve of the anniversary, lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov, one of the few independent voices in the Russian parliament’s lower house, said he suggested that deputies observe a moment of silence in Nemtsov’s memory but most of his colleagues refused.

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