Nine participants of Nemtsov memorial march detained, one fined
MOSCOW, March 3 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) - The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has ordered the detention of nine participants of a mourning march in memory of the murdered politician Boris Nemtsov and imposed a fine on another one, RAPSI reports Tuesday citing the court press service.
Therefore, nine individuals were detained for terms varying from eight to fifteen days and fined 2,000 rubles ($32) each, according to the court’s press service. One woman was fined 3,000 rubles ($48) as she was found guilty of two offenses – however, there were mitigating circumstances that limited her sentence to the fine, the press service spokesperson told RAPSI.
All of them were charged with disobeying police orders or promoting or displaying Nazi symbols, under the Code of Administrative Offenses.
Initially, on March 1, opposition organizers were planning an anti-crisis march, The Spring, in Maryino in the southeast of Moscow. The protesters were to demand anti-corruption measures, reforms and the decentralization of power.
However, due to the tragic murder of Boris Nemtsov, the opposition organized an authorized mourning march in central Moscow.
Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of the RPR-Parnas party and a former high-ranking government official who joined the opposition, was shot dead on Friday night in central Moscow. Investigators are pursuing several motives for the murder, including contract murder.