Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow to honor slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Saturday, the first anniversary of his death. Nathan Frandino reports.
"Murdered for Freedom." That's the message thousands of Russians in Moscow are sending on the first anniversary of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov's murder. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin... (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN OPPOSITION POLITICIAN, ILYA YASHIN, SAYING: "Nemtsov's murder is a terrorist act, it is a demonstrative murder aimed at frightening Russian society, at least the part which disagrees with Putin's politics." The 55-year-old opposition leader was gunned down near the Kremlin walls a year ago. Investigators have charged a group of Chechen men with his murder, but his supporters say those men were paid to kill him. They want to know who ordered the hit. Authorities locked down central Moscow for the event with police seen detaining at least one man. Police estimated the number of attendees at 7,500 people, but opposition figures said up to 100,000 had turned up. Participant Irina Drozdova. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MARCH PARTICIPANT, IRINA DROZDOVA, SAYING: "As for the personality of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov, I think he is a great man and the fact that he is not with us means a great loss." Marchers were forbidden from passing the spot where Nemtsov was killed... but many went there anyway to lay flowers at an improvised memorial that authorities have repeatedly tried to destroy.