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Tens of Thousands Show Their Anger at Putin, but It's No Ukrainian Revolution

Pragmatism prevails over outrage at the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
Mourners march after Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead
Photograph by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

Russian opposition supporters in Moscow blamed President Vladimir Putin for sowing hatred and causing the war in Ukraine, as they turned up to protest the murder of liberal politician Boris Nemtsov. But sadness and pragmatism prevailed over their outrage, and few of them appeared to be ready for radical action.

Somber and quiet, the crowd moved past the Kremlin and along the bridge where an unidentified gunman shot Nemtsov dead late Friday night. It turned out to be the biggest demonstration since the brutal clampdown on protesters in Bolotnaya Square in May 2013, yet to many an infuriatingly slow and uneventful procession.