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Former Russian PM says Nemtsov's murder is "turning point" in Russia's history

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:38

Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov calls ''brazen'' murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov a ''turning point'' in Russia and says changes are ''unavoidable''. Mana Rabiee reports.

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They came by the tens of thousands ... Russians marching under the national flag though central Moscow ... in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. They walked slowly in the rain -- families, old and young -- past the red walls of the Kremlin, near where Nemtsov was shot late Friday ... while walking home from a restaurant. He was part of a small but active opposition that says President Vladimir Putin's rule has become an autocracy -- flaunting international norms in the war in Ukraine, and clamping down on dissent. Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov was among the thousands marching. Friday's brazen murder, he says, is a turning point in Russia's history. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) FORMER RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER MIKHAIL KASYANOV, SAYING: "I'm confident that changes are unavoidable now and they will come. And the tragic death of Boris will undoubtedly change the minds of many people who will stop looking at what's happening with half-shut eyes - like 'I don't care and this all won't matter for me'. They will start thinking about it differently." But the opposition has little support outside Russia's big cities. And -- Sunday's memorial march aside -- no one figure has succeeded in uniting the ranks of opposition-minded Muscovites. Nemtsov was one of the leading lights of a divided protest movement struggling to revive itself. His murder has divided opinion in a country where many yearned for stability after the fall of the Soviet Union ... ...the stability that former KGB agent Vladimir Putin was able to deliver.

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Former Russian PM says Nemtsov's murder is "turning point" in Russia's history

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:38