Russians were seen marching against their President, Vladimir Putin on March 1. It has repeatedly been stated on various media platforms, how the ultra nationalism in Russia, is on the rise . Things have been skewed in favor of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, after the sanctions imposed by the United States and other members of the G7. The sanctions were a result of the Russian stand, amidst simmering tensions with Ukraine. Russia had earlier annexed a region of southern Ukraine known as Crimea, and claimed authority of the region.
The reason given by Putin for this act of aggression, was that a majority of the population living in the Crimean region was ethnically Russian. Therefore, he said that it was only justified that Russia control the Crimean peninsula. It must also be reported that controlling the Crimean peninsula, would give Russia major access to the Black Sea region, and thus affect the use of the sea by Ukraine for trade in a big way. It has also been pointed out that Russia has been trying to wage a war on Ukraine by proxy. It has been supporting the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine by sending arms and ammunitions. It has been accused of trying to seize control of Ukraine. A list of these missteps saw Russia getting kicked out of the G8 group, leaving seven countries in the group that has now been renamed G7.
Due to continuous fall in crude oil prices across the world, the Russian economy has suffered huge losses as it is one of the few major exporters of crude oil. Its currency, the Ruble has got devalued massively. At the same time, due to the rise of extreme nationalism, cases of persecution of the minorities are on the rise. The laws against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are being implemented in the harshest of ways possible by the authorities. To show their disapproval of Putin’s policies, Russians were seen rallying on March 1.
Amid growing suspicion about Russia, news came in about the gruesome and horrific murder of one of the most popular opposition leaders of the Putin government in the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov. It was a well-known fact that Nemtsov was the fiercest critic of Putin’s expansionist tactics. Nemtsov was expected to be the leader of a rally scheduled for Sunday, March 1, voicing his disapproval of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s policies. Sadly, his proponents marched to commemorate the leader’s slaying. Supporters assembled at 11 AM GMT in Moscow, preceding their march to Great Moskvoretsky Bridge where Nemtsov was slain. Moscow civil enforcement had approved that 50,000 people could participate in the march, but organizers are guessing that more demonstrators showed up for the rally to show dissent, subsequent to Nemtsov’s murder.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, denounced the murder of Nemtsov as appalling and contemptuous, vowing to catch the killers. Nemtsov’s supporters see his killing as a democide, associated to his opposition towards Putin and the Ukrainian conflict. Since that tragic night on the bridge, flowers, poems, photos, and mementos have been accumulating high and wide in remembrance of the late politician. Nemtsov was rumored to be collaborating evidence on the role played by the Russian military in Ukraine, just a few weeks before his assassination.
The massive rally was witnessed to commemorate the death of Boris Nemtsov. Thousands of people gathered, in Moscow, Russia to pay their respects to opposition leader Nemtsov, who was murdered Friday, February 27, adjacent to the Kremlin in what seems to have been a planned assassination.
By Ankur Sinha