People lay flowers near the spot where Nemtsov was gunned down. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)
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Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," tens of thousands of people somberly marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition.Ilya Yashin, a friend and fellow opposition leader, said he hoped the killing would not frighten people.Russian President Vladimir Putin has marginalized and intimidated his political opponents, jailing some and driving others into exile, since mass anti-Putin protests swept Moscow in 2011 and 2012 .Nemtsov, 55, was among the few prominent opposition figures who had refused to be cowed. Yashin said Russia's leadership and specifically Putin bore full political responsibility for Nemtsov's death.Sergei Musakov, 22, who took part in the march, said he believed that Putin was responsible for the killing, but thought it would have little impact on the situation in Russia.Another mourning march for Nemtsov was held earlier Sunday in St. Petersburg, drawing what police estimated was 6,000 people.
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