♦ A murder, two years ago, one hundred yards from the Kremlin ♦
International Memorial Society calls upon all those who are not indifferent to Russia’s future to join in the March or to participate in actions in memory of Boris Nemtsov in other cities.
Two years ago, on the night of 27 February 2015, in the centre of Moscow, a hundred yards from the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov was shot dead. It was a political assassination, not the first in post-communist Russia, and there’s no guarantee that it will be the last. The responsibility for creating an atmosphere of hatred towards any dissenting opinion clearly rests with the Russian authorities. It is that hatred which results in the murders.
On 26th February, on the eve of the second anniversary of the assassination, the ‘Boris Nemtsov March’ will take place in Moscow. Its participants wish to honour the memory of Boris Nemtsov, to demand that not only the killers but also those responsible for organizing this and other political assassinations in Russia are punished, to demand the freeing of political prisoners, an end to the persecution of dissidents, and the establishment of hard and fast guarantees for civil and political rights in the country.
The March will go from Strastnoi Boulevard along the Boulevard Ring, and then along Sakharov Avenue (almost to the point where it crosses the Sadovaya Ring road). Participants are to assemble between 13.00 and 14.00 p.m. at the start of Strastnoi Boulevard (metro stations Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya). Start 14.00.
The March’s organizing committee has agreed the route and time with the Moscow authorities.
The International Memorial Society calls on all those who are not indifferent to Russia’s future to join the March or to participate in actions in memory of Boris Nemtsov in other cities.
Board of the International Memorial Society
Translated by Mary McAuley
23 February 2017
POSTSCRIPT — How many took part?
Referring to the work of the “White Counter” group, oppositionist Roman Udot commented on claims and counter-claims about turn-out for the March on his Facebook page.
The Moscow police said that “only 5,000” turned out in memory of Boris Nemtsov. Opposition leader and former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov claimed, on the contrary, that “tens of thousands” took part. The simple White Counters were used to gain an accurate, independent figure, counting people immediately after they had passed through the police barrier (metal detector) to join the demonstration.
Result: 15,203 participated in the march on 26 February 2017.