Thousands march in Moscow for ‘Russia without Putin’ | AFP

Thousands rally in central Moscow to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution. The rally marks five years since the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov but its organisers also want the event to send a message to Putin after he proposed major constitutional changes. Organisers, including the country’s most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, called for a mass turnout to show Putin that he must not consider staying in power by any means when his current mandate ends in 2024.

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Thousands march in memory of Russian politician as investigation into 2015 murder continues

Around six thousand people in Moscow have rallied today in memory of the murdered opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov. Marches like this have been held annually since Nemtsov’s assassination near the Kremlin in 2015. Five people were jailed over the killing, although the person suspected of ordering it, remains at large. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9p09

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Russians march in memory of slain Boris Nemtsov

Several thousand Russians take part in a Moscow march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, four years after he was gunned down in the Russian capital. Ordinary Muscovites and prominent opposition figures march through the centre of the city; many carry Russian flags, portraits of Nemtsov and banners with anti-Kremlin slogans. IMAGES of the march in Moscow

Russians march in memory of slain Boris Nemtsov

Several thousand Russians take part in a Moscow march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, four years after he was gunned down in the Russian capital. Ordinary Muscovites and prominent opposition figures march through the centre of the city; many carry Russian flags, portraits of Nemtsov and banners with anti-Kremlin slogans. IMAGES of the march in Moscow

What It’s Like To Live In Putin’s Russia — According To An Investigative Reporter

Luke Harding, a journalist and the author of “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win,” explains why he believes Vladimir Putin may secretly be one of the richest people in the world. Following is a transcript of the video.

Luke Harding: I think the thing people need to understand about Russia is that Russia is not Vladimir Putin.

My name is Luke Harding. I’m a journalist and a writer, and my new book is called “Collusion,” and it’s about Donald Trump and Russia.

Russia is a great country of 142 million people, clever people, people that read books, who like theater. It’s got a fantastic musical tradition.

But what’s happened in the kind of post-Soviet era is that it’s been hijacked by a group of basically KGB people, who have captured the state and run it for their own purposes. And who, by the way, have got fantastically rich. They’re some of the richest people that have ever, kind of, walked the planet.

And so Russia is a sophisticated, postmodern kind of kleptocracy run by someone who — wishes America ill and is determined that Russia will prevail everywhere.

And I just think that Americans should be aware that there’s another Russia out there but at the same time, be wary, very wary of the current leadership.

So my previous book before “Collusion” was called “A Very Expensive Poison.” And it was about a Russian dissident called, Alexander Litvinenko, who was famously murdered in 2006 with a radioactive cup of tea, poured by two assassins sent by the Kremlin to kill him. He was a vehement critic about Vladimir Putin. He was very rude about him and his reward was this really horrible, lingering public death.

That case was properly investigated by the British authorities who concluded that Putin had probably approved the operation.

But there are many other murders that go on inside Russia of other regime opponents, which are never fully investigated. I’m thinking of people like Boris Nemtsov shot dead in 2015, 300 meters away from the Kremlin. And he was a famous opposition activist.

This is what the KGB used to do during the Cold War. They would kill people inside the Soviet Union and also abroad who they perceived as being traitors.

When you’re trying to kind of conceptualize “What is modern Russia?,” of course it’s a state but also it’s a kind of a mafia syndicate that uses mafia methods to snuff out its enemies and to get its way both inside its borders and outside its borders.

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Prisoners of War in Donetsk Airport: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 101)

In dispatch 101 of “Russian Roulette,” VICE News travels to the bomb-ridden remnants of Donetsk Airport in eastern Ukraine, where under the command of pro-Russia separatists, Ukrainian prisoners of war are being ordered to dig out the bodies of their fallen comrades.

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Preparing for a Siege: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 100)

The eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is just 30 kilometers from the Russian border, and was previously controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian military has done its best to fortify the industrial hub after winning it back, but many believe that the pro-Russia separatists plan to seize control of it once again.

In this dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky discovers the strategic significance of Mariupol in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and learns how the city is preparing for the possibility of falling under siege from pro-Russia separatist forces.

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The Kremlin’s Secret War: Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine (Full Length)

The bitter conflict in Ukraine has cost thousands of lives, but the Russian government has continuously denied sending its soldiers to the frontlines, despite accusations to the contrary from NATO and Western officials.

Since August 2014, a small but steady stream of coffins began arriving in villages across Russia, containing the maimed bodies of soldiers killed in “unknown circumstances.” Some would be buried hastily at night or in secret funerals, their graves zealously guarded from prying outsiders. Journalists investigating the deaths have reported being threatened with intimidation and attacks.

In cases that the Kremlin could not so easily ignore, the dead or injured have been hailed as “volunteers” who entered Ukraine on leave from the army — heroes who fought unofficially for the freedom of their Russian-speaking brethren.

VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the mysterious deaths of dozens — possibly hundreds — of active-duty Russian servicemen who are believed to have been killed in Ukraine. Accounts gathered from soldiers’ families, human rights workers, and government officials cast doubt on the Kremlin narrative, revealing the unacknowledged sacrifices borne by Russia’s ghost army.

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The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov: Kremlin’s Biggest Critic

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on the evening of February 27 as he was walking with his Ukrainian girlfriend along Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in central Moscow, just feet away from the Kremlin.

Nemtsov, a co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia-People’s Freedom Party and outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was reportedly shot four times in the back by an unknown assassin.

In the days after the shooting, theories on the identity and motivation of the killer have continued to swirl.

Tens of thousands of mourners laid flowers and lit candles at the assassination site over the weekend and marched through the streets of Moscow in one of Russia’s largest opposition marches in recent memory.

VICE News attended the site of Nemtsov’s death shortly after the incident and spoke to those still coming to terms with the murder of the beloved opposition leader.

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Killed in “Unknown Circumstances”: Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine (Part 1)

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The bitter conflict in Ukraine has cost thousands of lives, but the Russian government has continuously denied sending its soldiers to the frontlines, despite accusations to the contrary from NATO and Western officials.

VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the mysterious deaths of dozens — possibly hundreds — of active-duty Russian servicemen who are believed to have been killed in Ukraine. Accounts gathered from soldiers’ families, human rights workers, and government officials cast doubt on the Kremlin narrative, revealing the unacknowledged sacrifices borne by Russia’s ghost army.

In part one of a three part series, VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the small but steady stream of coffins arriving in villages across the country, containing maimed bodies of soldiers killed in “unknown circumstances.”

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Thousands Mourn Murdered Kremlin Critic: VICE News Capsule, March 2

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Day of mourning for slain Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, new offensive targets Rwandan rebels in the eastern D.R. Congo, some Libyan migrant centers are ill-equipped to care for thousands fleeing Africa, and Spanish police arrest group suspected of creating and selling knockoff artwork.

RUSSIA
Thousands Honor Assassinated Opposition Figure
Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on Friday night as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin.

D.R. CONGO
Military Seizes Rebel Strongholds in the Embattled East
The government has launched a fresh offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in North and South Kivu.

LIBYA
Poor Conditions in Migrant Centers
Little funding and a lack of infrastructure makes it difficult for centers to provide care to the thousands of African migrants trying to reach Europe.

SPAIN
Police Bust Fake Art Gang in Valencia
The group sold knockoffs of works by popular artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and others.

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