Thousands march to mourn slain Boris NemtsovMarch 2, 2015
Tens of thousands of people marched in the sleet Sunday through central Moscow to mourn slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down just steps away from the Kremlin.
"I wasn't planning to go to the rally initially, I had no faith in them," said Tatyana Shakhova, a young demonstrator holding a sign that said "propaganda kills."
"But (Nemtsov's killing) crosses all the lines," she said. "I have no faith that the organizers of the murder will be found."
Nemtsov's death is a "critical turning point for Russia," said one of the rally's organizers, Gennady Gudkov, a former member of parliament who was kicked out in 2012 because of his opposition activity. "Either something starts getting better in this country, or it could go the way of more (political assassinations and repressions.)"
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Nemtsov staunchly criticized in the past, condemned Friday's killing and took personal control of the investigation. Russia's Investigative Committee on Sunday pledged to award 3 million rubles (about $50,000) for valuable information about Nemstov's death.
Up to 100,000 people turned out for the march, according to Gudkov, after the location was changed from the outskirts of Moscow to the center of the city. Moscow police, which often downplay the turnout for opposition rallies, put the crowd at 44,000.
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