Mourners Gather in Moscow for Nemtsov Funeral

Mourners Gather in Moscow for Nemtsov FuneralMourners Gather in Moscow for Nemtsov Funeral

Thousands of mourners for the late Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov gathered for his funeral in Moscow on Friday.

The body of Nemtsov, 55, who was shot dead on a bridge in central Moscow near the Kremlin four days ago, lay in state on Tuesday at the Andrei Sakharov rights center ahead of his burial in Moscow’s Troekurovskoye cemetery, Al-Jazeera reported.

Nemtsov - a former deputy prime minister and a critic of Russian government died after four bullets were fired into his back late on Friday when he was walking with a female companion in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.

On Monday, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, pledged that the “heinous crime” would be “fully investigated.” A reward of three million roubles ($48,000) was offered for information on Nemtsov’s murder.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had also condemned the murder of the opposition politician Boris, calling his murder a “provocative act.”

  US Denies Involvement

US director of national intelligence James Clapper said on Monday that American spy agencies were not behind the killing of  Nemtsov and do not know who was responsible.

“I don’t know. We don’t know. We don’t have any unique insight as to who did this,” Clapper told the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York think tank, Monday.

On March 1, thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow to commemorate the dead politician. According to Moscow police, about 21,000 people gathered for the march, with various sources putting the number between 50,000 and 100,000.