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Slain Putin critic Boris Nemtsov laid to rest

7:52pm IST - 01:35

Murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov is laid to rest in a cemetery on the outskirts of Moscow, after a public memorial service attended by thousands including John Major, Britain's former prime minister. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Russians said their final farewell to one of the leading lights of the opposition on Tuesday. The body of 55-year-old Boris Nemtsov was laid in an open casket as thousands in Moscow came to pay their respects... lines stretching far down the street. A vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin's rule, Nemtsov was shot late Friday while walking home from a restaurant, just meters from the Kremlin. Among the mourners was former British Prime Minister John Major, who first met Nemtsov in the early 1990's and says he admired much of what the man stood for. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, JOHN MAJOR, SAYING: "And if anyone believes that his voice will be silenced by his murder, then I believe they have made a very serious error. I think his death will accelerate his effort, and there will be an echo chamber for that for a very long time to come." But Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of the left-leaning Yabloko Party, goes further. He says Nemstsov's death, will have immediate - and serious - ramifications. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YABLOKO PARTY LEADER, GRIGORY YAVLINSKY, SAYING: "It means the escalation of the war inside Russia, not only in Ukraine but just over all the country. It means the escalation of fear, and it means the escalation of the repressions on everybody who disagrees with the Putin's policies." (nats music) Russian investigators say they are actively working to track down the killers of the Kremlin critic… …the man whose murder some say, reveals the hazards of speaking out against Vladimir Putin.

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Slain Putin critic Boris Nemtsov laid to rest

7:52pm IST - 01:35