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Nemtsov's Murder Defines Putin's Russia

Putin and his obedient state news media have created an atmosphere of hatred that encourages violence.

Nemtsov's mourners.

Photographer: Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

The thousands who marched in Moscow on Sunday in honor of the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov did so because they recognize just how much has been lost with his death. Nemtsov had been brave enough to tell the truth in Russia under President Vladimir Putin.

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