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People Bring Flowers to the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge
February 28, 2015 14:17


 During Saturday hundreds of people were bringing flowers and notes to the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge where Boris Nemtsov was killed. 

People began to bring flowers to the place of murder of Boris Nemtsov on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge during the night, as soon as the police removed the cordon some hours after the murder, and utility providers washed away the blood with water cannons. 

The photo was installed on the place where the politician’s body lay in the morning, and those who came to commemorate him formed a heap of flowers. People also put a Russian Constitution wet with rain and propaganda leaflets “Spring won’t come without you” (such leaflets were recently handed by Nemtsov to the residents of Moscow in the metro). Someone brought the notes “You died for us”, “We are all Nemtsov”, “Fear for the future of our children is stronger than the fear of death” – all of them hastily written on paper, all of them disappeared under the flowers that were brought there all day.

People approached the place of murder in silence, some said “I cannot believe”. Many people came with their families - children and the elderly. An old friend of Nemtsov from the party “Union of Right Forces”, the Governor of Kirov Oblast Nikita Belykh also came. He silently stood in the crowd for some time and left saying nothing to the mass media. 

The Chairman of the Management Board of “RUSNANO” Anatoly Chubais who was Nemtsov’s colleague working in the government in 1997, appeared on the bridge accompanied by guards. Keeping silence, he knelt before the place of murder. Unlike Belykh, he made a short statement duplicated later on the website of “Rusnano”. 

Chubais urged all political forces to stop and ponder. “If people marched with the poster “Let’s finish the fifth column” here in our city only a few days ago; and Nemtsov is killed today, let’s think what will happen tomorrow?” - Chubais reminded of one of the slogans of the march of the “Antimaydan” movement held last week. “We all need to stop. I emphasize, all of us. The government, the opposition, liberals, communists, nationalists, conservatives”. 

The 55-year-old Boris Nemtsov was killed in the centre of Moscow on the night of February 28. Unknown persons riding in a white car shot him in the back at least six times while he was walking through Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge with his friend. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case by the articles “Murder” and “Illegal arms trafficking”. The investigation is considering several versions of the event. In particular, the murder could be a provocation for destabilization of the political situation in Russia. The “version associated with the Islamic extremist trace” is also considered: Nemtsov “was threatened in connection with his position regarding the shooting of the journalists of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris”. In addition, the crime could be related to the inner conflict in Ukraine, as well as commercial activities of Nemtsov or someone’s personal dislike towards him.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Boris Nemtsov     

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