President supported installation of plaque commemorating Nemtsov


Moscow authorities "can and should make a decision" on installing a plaque commemorating the opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that during the direct line, answering the question of the chief editor of "Ekho Moskvy" ("Echo of Moscow") Alexey Venediktov.

"I don`t understand and don`t welcome the restriction of access to the place of Boris Nemtsov murder," Putin said.

In addition, in response to Venediktov`s proposal to rename Marksistskaya street as Vladimir Vysotsky street, the President promised to discuss the issue with Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Overnight into Saturday, March 28, the unknown took away all the flowers and photographs from the place where Nemtsov had been murdered. A video appeared in "VKontakte" social network showing several men dressed in black, quickly cleaning up the murder place from all that people had brought, packing it up into large garbage bags. Later, opposition supporters restored the makeshift memorial.

The so-called "South-eastern Ukraine movement SERB" took responsibility for the attack. They explained their action by being outraged at the proposal to rename Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge as Nemtsov Bridge. They called the politician a "traitor to Russia."

The opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was killed late in the evening on February 27 on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. The assassinators shot at him three times; he died at the scene. The citizen of Ukraine Anna Duritskaya, who accompanied him, didn`t suffer. Five people are accused of committing the crime: Zaur Dadaev, Anzor Gubashev, Shagit Gubashev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev.

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