A written statement by the Fokin memorial reads:
Boris Nemtsov 10-9-1959 – 2-27-2015
“A leading Russian opposition politician. Killed next to Red Square, Moscow. At one point, in the late 1990s, he was viewed as one of the possible successors to Yeltsin. Although he was removed from power, he did not give up his commitment to Russia. On March 1, 2015, he, together with Alexy Navalny, was supposed to lead a protest march in Moscow. Navalny was arrested 5 days before the march. Boris Nemtsov was killed, shot in the back, less than two days before the march.
We mourn his death, and celebrate his life. He lived a life of commitment to the beauty of Life, to Freedom, to Honor. We express our condolences to his family.
We chose the Igor Fokin Memorial in Harvard Square (One Brattle Square) as the place to mourn his passing, as he spoke at Harvard a few times, and was familiar with the statue erected in the memory of a local Russian street artist.
You can stop by and bring flowers and candles today and tomorrow, 3/2/15 – 3/3/15 while his wake and funeral take place in Moscow.”