More than 70,000 people on Sunday attended the commemoration march in Moscow to honor the killed opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
The opposition had originally planned a demonstration against the economic crisis in Russia on Sunday. But after Nemtsov was shot and killed in downtown Moscow on Friday evening, the event was made into a memorial ceremony for him.
- We believe that over 70,000 have attended, says Aleksandr Ryklin, which has helped to arrange commemoration.
Authorities in Moscow had approved the march, and that up to 50,000 people could participate in it.
Such mass gatherings are very unusual in the Russian capital, where the government strictly controls the opposing events. After extensive demonstrations in connection with the elections in Russia in 2011/2012, the government again tightened its grip on the media and opposition.
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