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Russia: Mourners march in Moscow for slain politician Boris Nemtsov00:44

Russia: Mourners march in Moscow for slain politician Boris Nemtsov

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 1, 2015 at 22:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mourners gathered in Moscow, Sunday to take part in a march in memory of politician Boris Nemtsov who was fatally shot on Friday evening. A "Vesna" (Spring) rally was due to take place on Sunday in southern Moscow, but following Nemtsov's killing the mourning march was arranged instead in the centre of the city.

Hundreds of people holding flags, flowers and copies of Nemtsov's portrait gathered at Slavyanskaya Square for the start of the march. The rally will continue to the site of the shooting, the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge.

Reports indicate that a white vehicle pulled up close to Nemtsov late on Friday evening before an unknown assailant unleashed a series of shots, hitting the former politician several times. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene of the crime, which occurred on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near the Kremlin's Vasilyevsky Spusk. Nemtsov was pronounced dead on arrival.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Head of the Investigative Committee to take personal control of the investigation. According to the president's spokesman Dmitri Peskov, Putin noted that the "brutal murder bears all the hallmarks of a contract killing and is of a purely provocative nature."

Russia: Mourners march in Moscow for slain politician Boris Nemtsov00:44
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Mourners gathered in Moscow, Sunday to take part in a march in memory of politician Boris Nemtsov who was fatally shot on Friday evening. A "Vesna" (Spring) rally was due to take place on Sunday in southern Moscow, but following Nemtsov's killing the mourning march was arranged instead in the centre of the city.

Hundreds of people holding flags, flowers and copies of Nemtsov's portrait gathered at Slavyanskaya Square for the start of the march. The rally will continue to the site of the shooting, the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge.

Reports indicate that a white vehicle pulled up close to Nemtsov late on Friday evening before an unknown assailant unleashed a series of shots, hitting the former politician several times. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene of the crime, which occurred on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near the Kremlin's Vasilyevsky Spusk. Nemtsov was pronounced dead on arrival.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Head of the Investigative Committee to take personal control of the investigation. According to the president's spokesman Dmitri Peskov, Putin noted that the "brutal murder bears all the hallmarks of a contract killing and is of a purely provocative nature."

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