Disinfo: Activists claimed hundreds of thousands participating in march in memory of Boris Nemtsov

Summary

A march took place in Moscow, gathering those who remember Boris Nemtsov. But that was not all. It was not like a commemorative event from the very beginning.

Western media filmed a completely different thing – loud slogans and successful camera angles. How can one doubt in this case that there are tens of thousands?

In fact, just over eight thousand people passed the metal detector that stood in front of the starting point of the procession. But opposition activists thought in their own way: “I think we’ll count tonight, you’ll see the act on my Facebook, there should have been two hundred thousand.”

Disproof

The report is ridiculing opposition march in memory of the murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, presenting its participants as people who don't really know what they were there for and what signs they carried.

The organizers did not claim they were 200 000. Over 22,000 people rallied for Saturday’s march in a square around 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) from the Kremlin, according to White Counter, a monitoring organization that tallies up participants at rallies using metal detector frames, reports Reuters.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Boris Nemtsov
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