A habit the country seems to have is, the leader of the Opposition dies in Moscow.
A crowd of around 70,000, many bearing the white, blue and red Russian national flag, gathered beneath iron grey skies at Moscow’s Slavyanskaya square, half a mile from the Kremlin.
Carrying flowers, portraits of Mr Nemtsov, and banners reading “I am not afraid,” they marched in near-silence to the bank of the Moscow river before turning right towards the spot where Mr Nemtsov was killed.
Mr Nemtsov, 55, was gunned down as he walked across the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge outside the Kremlin just before midnight on Friday, in what his supportes claim may have been a Kremlim-backed assassination.
He had been planning to lead an anti-war opposition rally scheduled for Sunday afternoon. His co-planners from the liberal opposition movement cancelled the plans after he was killed and instead negotiated with Moscow city hall to hold a memorial march.
The march was one of the largest demonstrations by Russia’s marginalised opposition since a series of anti-Kremlin rallies which Mr Nemtsov helped organise in 2012.
Another mourning march for Nemtsov was held earlier on Sunday in St Petersburg, drawing what police estimated was 6,000 people.
Thus the London Telegraph. Eh. We should talk: JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, the last an obvious political conspiracy which was laid aside. The Italians lost, what, one of their prime ministers to a Red Squad 30 or 40 years ago, I think. But even the millionaires living in London, if they’re the Russian Opposition, you know, like Trotsky in Mexico, they have short lives and violent deaths.
Update 20 March 2015: the case for the prosecution is put by today’s Pravda-on-the-Hudson, which describes in the following terms the Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov
Two of Mr Kayrov’s bitter rivals in Chechnya’s notorious tribal politics were eliminated in public killings. Ruslan Yamadayev was shot to death while sitting in a car in central Moscow in 2008, while his brother Sulim was killed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2009. Dubai authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Adam Delimkhanov, a close adviser to Mr Kadyrov.
A former bodyguard of Mr Kadyrov, Umar Israilov, was killed in 2009 in Vienna, where he had fled with his family.
At a 1:30 a.m. Mr Kadyrov strode into the brisk night, surrounded by his phalanx of heavily armed guards.
“Heh! This is a question [the death of Nemtsov] for the Investigative Committee, for the prosecutor’s office, for the FSB [the Soviet (oops!) equivalent of our FBI]. I don’t know. I am head of the Chechen Republic. I am not a Muscovite.”
The questions are not likely to go away anytime soon. Speculation about Mr Kadyrov’s role began immediately the authorities announced that they had arrested five Chechen suspects, including one Zaur Dadayev, who once served in Mr Kadyrov’s security battalion. In an instant message text Mr Kadyrov said he knew Mr Dadayev personally as a “true Russian patriot.”