Thousands of people gathered in Moscow on Saturday to remember Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader and former prime minister who was gunned down by an assassin within sight of the Kremlin in Moscow on this day one year ago.

Nemtsov, who was a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin, was murdered on Feb. 27, 2015, as he walked with his girlfriend across a bridge to his home. The killing occurred on the eve of an opposition march against Putin that he was set to lead and shortly before the release of a damning report he complied on Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.

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Russia’s anti-Putin activists mark Nemtsov murder, amid threats and attacks