People march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin in Moscow on March 1, 2015.
Dmitry Lovetsky—AP
March 1, 2015 9:41 AM EST

Immense crowds turned out in Moscow on Sunday to march through the city in honor of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Nemtsov — an opposition politician and frequent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin — was supposed to appear at a Sunday rally protesting Russia’s role in the fighting in Ukraine. The rally was converted into a memorial march after the 55-year-old was gunned down late Friday on a street just steps from the Kremlin.

Russians of all ages took to the streets under gray skies on Sunday, many carrying signs with a single word: “Fight” and clutching images of Nemtsov…

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