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Russians Say Farewell To Boris Nemtsov

Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin late on February 27, was buried on Moscow's Troyekurovskoye Cemetery on March 3. Earlier, family members stood by Nemtsov's open coffin as thousands of mourners filed into the Sakharov Center, a prominent civil-rights organization in Moscow, to pay their last respects at a public memorial service.

Mourners in winter coats filed by the coffin, a few wiping away tears, in a public ritual that has followed the killings of several prominent Russians who have challenged Putin's government since he came to power 15 years ago.

Several European politicians said Russia had refused them entry to attend the funeral, including the speaker of Poland's Senate, Bogdan Borusewicz and Latvian lawmaker Sandra Kalniete. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called the killing a "provocation" to destabilize the country, will not attend. Instead, he is sending his representative in parliament, Garry Minkh.

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People stand in a line to attend Nemtsov's memorial service.
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People stand in a line to attend Nemtsov's memorial service.

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Police block mourners during the farewell ceremony at the Andrei Sakharov Rights Centre in Moscow.
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Police block mourners during the farewell ceremony at the Andrei Sakharov Rights Centre in Moscow.

Aleksei Venediktov (left), editor in chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft (second from right) arrive at Nemtsov's farewell ceremony.
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Aleksei Venediktov (left), editor in chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft (second from right) arrive at Nemtsov's farewell ceremony.

Garry Minkh (right), Putin's envoy to the State Duma, represented the Russian president at the ceremony. ​Russia's minister for open government, Mikhail Abyzov (left), also attended.
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Garry Minkh (right), Putin's envoy to the State Duma, represented the Russian president at the ceremony. ​Russia's minister for open government, Mikhail Abyzov (left), also attended.

Boris Yeltsin's widow, Naina Yeltsina (center right), and her daughter Tatyana Yumasheva (center left) arrive to pay their last respects.
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Boris Yeltsin's widow, Naina Yeltsina (center right), and her daughter Tatyana Yumasheva (center left) arrive to pay their last respects.

Yulia, wife of opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, attended the farewell ceremony. Navalny, who is serving an administrative sentence for violating laws on mass gatherings, was not allowed to attend.
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Yulia, wife of opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, attended the farewell ceremony. Navalny, who is serving an administrative sentence for violating laws on mass gatherings, was not allowed to attend.

Dina Eidman, 87, Nemtsov's mother, pays her respects at her son's coffin.
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Dina Eidman, 87, Nemtsov's mother, pays her respects at her son's coffin.

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Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman (left), and his daughter Dina (right), pay their respects.
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Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman (left), and his daughter Dina (right), pay their respects.

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Former British Prime Minister John Major attended Nemtsov's memorial service.
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Former British Prime Minister John Major attended Nemtsov's memorial service.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John F. Tefft (center) pays his respects to Nemtsov's family.
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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John F. Tefft (center) pays his respects to Nemtsov's family.

People throw flowers ahead of a hearse transporting Nemtsov's coffin to the cemetery.
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People throw flowers ahead of a hearse transporting Nemtsov's coffin to the cemetery.

Pallbearers carry Nemtsov's coffin before the funeral.
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Pallbearers carry Nemtsov's coffin before the funeral.

Nemtsov's former partner, Yekaterina Odintsova (second from left), their children Anton (right) and Dina, and Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman (second from right), attend the funeral.
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Nemtsov's former partner, Yekaterina Odintsova (second from left), their children Anton (right) and Dina, and Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman (second from right), attend the funeral.

Mourners gather near Nemtsov's grave.
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Mourners gather near Nemtsov's grave.

Nemtsov is laid to rest at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow.
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Nemtsov is laid to rest at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow.

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