27 Feb, 2018

Russians march again in memory of Liberal Nemtsov

Thousands marched through central Moscow and other Russian cities, including St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg, on Sunday 25 February to remember the murdered Russian opposition and liberal leader Boris Nemtsov.

Nemtsov, one of President Putin's most vocal critics and former leader of ALDE member party PARNAS, was shot dead on 27 February 2015 on a bridge near the Kremlin.

The crowd carried large banners that read "Russia without Putin" and "Retribution of [Justice] is inevitable," while chanting "Our name is Boris Nemstov," as they made their way through the streets of Moscow.

Members from ALDE member parties PARNAS and YABLOKO took part in the demonstration in Moscow.

PARNAS party leader Mikhail Kasyanov commented: "It's been three years and we are still waiting for answers and actions from power. We marched on 25 February not only for Nemtsov's memory, but also to demand as his political murder is still unsolved. The current investigation is not taking any action to find the perpetrators of the crime. We all marched together, political parties, politicians and citizens, in the memory of Boris Nemtsov demanding justice and condemning the political course leading our country into the abyss of lawlessness and poverty. We will not retreat until we get justice."

Yabloko Chair Emilia Slabunova noted that those who ordered Nemtsov's murder have not been found after three years: "This shows that the authorities were interested in eliminating their opponent, which is the most important sign of her weakness, as a healthy government is interested in having a strong opposition. Today thousands of participants in this march are saying: We will not forget, we will not forgive."

YABLOKO's candidate for the upcoming Russian presidential election Grigory Yavlinsky said during the march that "Vladimir Putin is politically responsible for the murder of Nemtsov."

On the actual commemoration day, Tuesday 27 February, politicians and citizens gathered to lay flowers on the Moscow bridge overlooking the Kremlin where Nemstov was gunned down on 27 February 2015 and a minute of silence was observed.



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