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Moscow Nixes Memorial On Bridge Where Nemtsov Was Shot


Moscow officials July 14 rejected a proposal to put up a memorial for opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot dead.

Such a monument would be "commemorating not the memory of a man, but the murder itself. And do we need this?" said the head of the city government's memorial commission, Lev Lavrenov, Interfax reported.

Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who became a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down late February on a bridge leading across Moscow River from the Kremlin and Red Square.

Supporters put forward the proposal to build a memorial there, and condemned the decision to reject it.

"This decision insults not just Boris's memory but the many Muscovites who respected and sympathized with Boris," activist Ilya Yashin told Interfax.

The suspected killers have been detained, but investigators have not identified the mastermind.

Nemtsov's daughter Zhanna has blamed official propaganda demonizing anyone that criticizes Putin for contributing to the killing.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax
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