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Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

February 25, 2018

Russian TV host and presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, centre bottom, attends a rally in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Thousands of Russians took to the streets of downtown Moscow to mark three years since Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Nemtsov was shot and killed on Feb. 27, 2015 while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin. His death sent shock waves through Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

Demonstrators at the front of Sunday’s anniversary event carried a banner reading, “These bullets are in all of us.”

Two candidates in Russia’s presidential election next month — Ksenia Sobchak and Grigory Yavlinsky — participated in the march.

An officer in the security forces of Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov was convicted of firing the shots that killed Nemtsov and received a 20-year prison term. Four other men convicted of being involved in Nemtsov’s slaying received 11 to 19 years.

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