Mourners honour Russian opposition leader, Nemtsov
Written by Taiwo Adediran on March 3, 2015
Mourners for the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov have gathered for his funeral in Moscow as a Russian news agency reported that authorities had allowed a Ukrainian witness to his murder to return to Kiev.
The body of Nemtsov, 55, lay in state yesterday at the Andrei Sakharov rights centre ahead of his burial in Moscow’s Troekurovskoye cemetery.
Nemtsov – a former deputy prime minister and a longtime critic of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – died after four bullets were fired into his back late on Friday when he was walking with a female companion in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.
A reward of three million rubles [$48,000] was offered for information on Nemtsov’s death, a substantial amount in Moscow, where the average monthly salary is 60,000 rubles [$960].