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Thousands March In Moscow For Murdered Opposition Leader

"Heroes never die," read some of the banners at the march in memory of Boris Nemtsov.

Posted on March 1, 2015, at 9:50 a.m. ET

Thousands of people marched in central Moscow on Sunday to commemorate the slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.

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The vocal Kremlin critic and former deputy prime minister was murdered on a bridge near Red Square in an incident that President Vladimir Putin has promised to personally investigate.

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Nemtsov had been due to lead an opposition rally on Sunday, but his murder transformed the march into one of mourning and remembrance.

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This mass of protesters waving Russian flags marched behind a banner that read: "Heroes don't die. These bullets are meant for each of us."

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These protesters held placards reading, "I am not afraid."

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There was a heavy police presence on hand during the march.

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Authorities had previously given approval for a march of up to 50,000 people, the BBC reported.

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The demonstrators also marched by the site where Nemtsov was gunned down.

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"He fought for a free Russia," these placards read.

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"Heroes never die," read these signs.

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Other placards read, "They were afraid of you, Boris," and, "He died for the future of Russia."

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