Flowers for Nemtsov – Muscovites remember slain Putin critic


Despite the risk of arrest, numerous people in the Russian capital Moscow paid tribute to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated eight years ago. On the bridge in the immediate vicinity of the Kremlin, on which Nemtsov was shot on February 27, 2015, flowers were laid until Monday evening. Several police officers patrolled the monument.

During the day, a young woman was arrested carrying a sign that read “Boris”. Nemtsov was, among other things, a strong supporter of Ukraine, which strives for the West, against which Russia has been openly at war for a year. In March 2014, shortly before the annexation of Crimea, he delivered a speech at a peace march in Moscow, strongly condemning Putin for his actions in Ukraine and warning of war (see tweet below).

In the same year, Nemtsov said in an interview about Putin: “He took Crimea. Then he will take Kiev, then Moldavia…’. Fears are now growing there that the Russian offensive war against Ukraine could also spread to the small neighboring country.

He was shot from a car at the age of 55 and killed. In 2017, a court sentenced a suspected murderer and four accomplices from the North Caucasus to long prison terms. But the assassination of the opposition politician, who served as Russia’s deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin from 1997 to 1998, still raises many questions today. The Nemtsow family complains that the masterminds have never really been sought.

“Example inspires thousands”
“The memory of him lives on,” ex-Kremlin opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky wrote on Twitter. “His example inspires thousands of Russians to stop being afraid and to liberate their homeland.”

Opposition actions of any kind have become very rare in Russia since the start of the war against Ukraine. At makeshift memorials to the Ukrainian victims, people are repeatedly arrested for laying flowers.

Source: Krone


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