Moscow Prepares for March Commemorating Russian Opposition Leader

Authorities are preparing for tens of thousands to march in central Moscow Sunday in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death late Friday after urging people to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

The march, which will replace a previously planned opposition rally, was approved almost immediately by city officials Saturday. They’ve granted a permit for up to 50,000 participants.

The officials’ press service said “sufficient personnel and material will be used,” along with “necessary additional measures of control,” the Interfax news agency reported.