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27 Feb 2020 | 07:07 AM UTC

Russia: Memorial march planned in Moscow February 29

Memorial march for murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov planned in Moscow on February 29; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Many groups are expected to march in Moscow on Saturday, February 29, to commemorate the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, killed on February 27, 2015. Participants plan to gather at 10:30 (local time) at Strastnoy boulevard and later march towards the Academician Sakharov avenue. Additional protests are possible in other urban centers across Russia.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected along the march route.

Context

Boris Nemstov was a prominent opposition politician and critic of Vladimir Putin. He was assassinated on February, 27, 2015 in Moscow. Five people were arrested and sentenced to prison for their involvement in the killing, though it is unknown who ordered the assassination.

Advice

Individuals in Russia, notably in Moscow, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.