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Huge crowds gather to remember Nemtsov

People march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Credit: Reuters

Thousands gathered for a march in Moscow to honour opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.

Nemtsov, who was 55, was one of the leading lights of an opposition struggling to revive its fortunes, three years after mass rallies against Putin that failed to prevent him returning to the presidency after four years as prime minister.

The opposition has little support outside big cities and Putin has now been Russia`s dominant leader since 2000, when ailing President Boris Yeltsin chose the former KGB spy as his successor, a role Nemtsov had once been destined to play.

Nemtsov, a fighter against corruption, had hoped to start the oppositions revival with a march in Marino on the outskirts of Moscow today to protest against Putins economic policies and what they see as Russia`s involvement in the separatist war in east Ukraine. The Kremlin denies any role in the fighting.

People march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Credit: Reuters

Police line keeps Nemtsov march away from Kremlin

A police line which is keeping Boris Nemtsov marchers away from the Kremlin has been formed under the bridge where veteran liberal politician was shot on Friday.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates is in Moscow:

Thousands join Boris Nemtsov march through Moscow

Police are lining the route where thousands of opposition supporters will march through Moscow.

The march was due to be led by Boris Nemtsov, who was killed near the Kremlin on Friday, but is now being treated by many as a memorial to the popular opposition leader.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates is in Moscow:

UN Secretary-General condemns Nemtsov murder

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown attackers in Moscow.

"The Secretary-General was shocked by and condemns the brutal killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on 27th February," the United Nations press office said in a statement.

It added that Mr Ban "notes that an investigation into this murder has been announced, and he expects the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly."

It said he expressed his condolences to Nemtsov's family, friends and supporters.

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UK ambassador lays flowers at site of Nemtsov killing

Britain's ambassador to Russia Sir Tim Barrow has laid flowers at the site in Moscow where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead.

Putin writes to Nemtsov’s mother after murder

Vladimir Putin has written a letter telling Boris Nemtsov’s mother, Dina Eidman that he 'shares her sorrow.'

The message of condolences from the President, published on the Kremlin website, reads in part:

Please accept my deepest condolences in connection with this irreparable loss. I sincerely share your sorrow.

Boris Nemtsov has left his mark in the history of Russia, in its political and public life. He occupied significant posts in a difficult time of transition in this country. He always openly and honestly voiced and upheld his views.

We will do everything to ensure that the perpetrators of this foul and cynical crime and those who stand behind them are properly punished.

– Vladimir Putin
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