Tens of thousands of people marched through Moscow on Sunday to pay tribute to opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Russian capital two days earlier.
The crowd, which the organizers estimated at 50,000, carried portraits of Nemtsov and held aloft banners that read “I am not afraid”, BBC reported.
Nemtsov, who had been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was murdered on Friday while walking home from a restaurant a stone’s throw from the Kremlin.
Nemtsov’s allies have accused the Kremlin of involvement, but Putin condemned the murder as “vile” and vowed to find the killers.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was pursuing several lines of inquiry, including the possibility that Nemtsov had been killed by Islamist extremists, Financial Times reported.
A spokesman also implied that he was killed by the opposition itself. The murder could have been a “provocation aimed at destabilizing the political situation in Russia”, he was quoted as saying.
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