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Sunday, March 18, 2018

“”We Boris Nemtsov”: March gathered 20 thousand people”

“Heroes do not die”, “We — Boris Nemtsov” — chanted the participants of Saturday’s March in memory of the policy: exactly one year ago, on the night of 27 to 28 February, Boris Nemtsov was killed on the Big Moskvoretsky bridge. At the mourning rally was a place and politics: not without opposition traditionally “Russia will be free”, appeared new slogans: “Kadyrov — the shame of Russia”, “Kadyrov’s resignation.”

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Such major events that can unite all the opposition forces, was not a year: judging from the pandemonium, which was formed at the intersection of Petrovka before the March, to believe is more of a “White counter”, which averaged 22.4 thousand people, and not the Moscow police, raportowania about 7.5 thousand participants. It is worth noting that last year at a funeral March left more than 50 thousand people, but it was quite loose.

The procession was headed by a column with a streamer “Killed for freedom” and a portrait of Nemtsov, because of the crowds, the movement she started half an hour later. It is chaired by the chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov and his deputies Ilya Yashin (was a close friend of the murdered politician) and Vladimir Kara-Murza (Nemtsov was the godfather of his daughter) and son Nemtsov, Anton. “Kill bright, honest and decent man, said Yashin press. Is the Nemtsov murder is act of terrorism”. “Each murder brings us closer to North Korea,” says a participant of the rally Irina.

See photos and video from the March in memory of Boris Nemtsov.

Beyond the metal detector participants met Russian flags and posters with inscriptions in black frame: “Fight” and “I’m not afraid,” just as were at last year’s March after the assassination policy.

Watch the video on the “March in memory of Nemtsov have gathered tens of thousands of people “

In Moscow held a March in memory of Boris Nemtsov. The convoy were Mikhail Kasyanov, Ilya Yashin, Vladimir Kara-Murza and Anton Nemtsov. We also managed to get an exclusive comment by Grigory Yavlinsky. According to preliminary estimates, the March gathered up to 30,000 people. Details on the video.

With forms for signatures under the statement to the mayor about installing a commemorative sign on Big Moskvoretsky bridge, which was distributed to the participants of the action, came a small hitch: to pass they had volunteers, but one of the demonstrators explained.

Gradually lined up in columns of different political forces: the youth of PARNASSUS, “the progress Party” Navalny (not registered in Ministry of justice), party “the Apple” led by Grigory Yavlinsky, “Demvybor”, the movement “Solidarity”. Amid the usual labels stood out the nationalists with a banner “Down with political repression” who are against the 282nd article (“incitement of hatred or enmity”) and little-known “Russian people’s Alliance”.

In Moscow celebrated the anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov (29 photos)

Some, however, did not miss the opportunity to demonstrate their own creativity: opposition party all shares in the costume of the grim Reaper, symbolizing corruption, an elderly woman in the image of a political prisoner with mesh on the head, the man in the scarf in the colors of the Imperial flag, shouting: “No to war in Syria, no war with Ukraine”, drummers, singing a Buddhist prayer for the world half-naked guy with painted on the back of the gun with the inscription “first in 16 years” (referring to Kadyrov)…

photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Buddhists with prayer service for peace.


The statement of the head of Chechnya, made during the March on national television that it’s time to choose a successor (the term of office of Ramzan Kadyrov expires in April. — Ed.), became one of the main topics of the event. “Pleaded guilty” (supporters of Nemtsov have repeatedly stated that the “bloody footprints from the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky bridge leading official in the Grozny offices”), “sending signals to the Kremlin”, “shows their uncertainty” or, on the contrary, “certainty”, said the marchers.

Not once sounded and the elections. The chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov urged everyone to vote in September. “We will continue his work, we will change the government, we will achieve the goals for which Boris was killed”, — he said. Asked by reporters whether the victory of democratic forces, the politician replied that tell you more about it later. The theme of the upcoming campaign, worried about the other participants. “Well, the Democrats United in September, this idea was made by the Germans, — says Anatoly, behind an elderly man with flowers on his chest — the badge “German bridge”. — I with 93-year vote”.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Lawyer Henry Reznik.

To honor the memory of slain politician came to the head of the party “Demvybor” Vladimir Milov, a lawyer Henry Reznik, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Dmitry and Gennady Gudkova. “Let’s even with you bet that we will live till the moment when in Moscow will establish a memorable sign Nemtsov, said state Duma Deputy Gudkov Jr. The Council was to Express their attitude to political terror, a moment of silence honoring Boris Nemtsov”.

The state Duma is not honored, and the crowd observed. This was the end of the rally, many went to lay flowers at the scene of the murder Nemtsov on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov
22.5 thousand people.

Someone called the action political and not a funeral, so be it. Sometimes indeed it seemed that the current agenda of the concerned parties more than the main theme of the March. But in the end, how can a March in memory of the murdered politician to do without a policy? Heroes never die because now their business.


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