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    Russians lay flowers to mark opposition leader’s killing


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    Thousands of people have streamed on to a Moscow bridge overlooking the Kremlin to lay flowers and mark the sixth anniversary of the killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

    Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot to death as he walked along the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge late at night on February 27, 2015.

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    Among those who attended the commemoration was Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

    People gather on the anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s death (AP/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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    Mr Navalny’s detention in January upon returning to Moscow from five months of recuperating in Germany from a nerve-agent poisoning set off a wave of nationwide protests.

    Nemtsov was one of Russia’s most energetic and charismatic opposition figures, and his death was a blow to political opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

    An officer in the security forces of Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader was sentenced to 20 years for firing the shots that killed Nemtsov. Four other men were sentenced to 11 to 19 years for involvement.

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