MOSCOW, February 27 – RIA Novosti. Actions in memory of the murdered politician Boris Nemtsov have ended in the center of Moscow and St. Petersburg, RIA Novosti correspondents report.
Several well-known opposition politicians attended the rally at the site of Nemtsov's death, in particular the founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, member of the HRC journalist Nikolai Svanidze, municipal deputy Yulia Galyamina, as well as Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia Navalnaya and others. The action was attended by many press workers, in particular, the chief editor of Novaya Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov, came.
People started bringing flowers around 11.00, although the start of the action was announced at 13.00. Near the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, where the action took place, there were volunteers who handed out masks to the participants of the action.
Police cars stood nearby, but law enforcement officers did not intervene in what was happening. The only time when a young man in a T-shirt with political slogans came to the bridge, the police approached him, checked his documents and the contents of his backpack and rewrote his personal data. At the same time, Red Square was closed to the entrance, people were not allowed into it, the police on the spot said that this was due to security measures.
The action was mostly calm.
A similar action took place on Saturday in St. Petersburg, where flowers were laid in memory of Nemtsov at the Solovetsky stone on Troitskaya Square. The residents of St. Petersburg lit candles, and several portraits of Nemtsov were placed near the Solovetsky stone.
Troitskaya Square was cordoned off by law enforcement officers, and metal fences were also installed. On the way to the Solovetsky Stone, metal detectors were installed, law enforcement officers were on duty next to them. Police cars could be seen around the square.
Nemtsov held a number of high positions in the Russian government in the 1990s, and in the 2000s he joined the opposition. He was killed on the night of February 27, 2015 on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in the center of the capital. In July 2017, five perpetrators of the murder were sentenced to terms ranging from 11 to 20 years.