In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Boris Nemtsov, an opposition leader, speaks to The Associated Press Television News in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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Thousands of Russians prepared Saturday to honor the memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.Before the start of the march Russians brought flowers and candles to the bridge near the Kremlin walls where Nemtsov, a jovial 55-year-old with a mop of black curly hair, was killed.Authorities allowed the opposition to hold a march through the city center but forbade activists from marching to the bridge where Nemtsov's allies have struggled to maintain a makeshift shrine.Earlier this month, men – apparently from the North Caucasus – threw a cake at Nemtsov's ally, former prime minister-turned-opposition activist Mikhail Kasyanov and shouted threats at him.
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