Staunton, February 27 – In a sign that activism in Russian regions is not going to be limited to demonstrations organized by the Navalny staff but has other bases as well, Russians in many regions took part in memorial meetings on the sixth anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
There were nowhere near as many such actions as there were with the Navalny protests, but they were all locally organized and occurred despite the refusal of officials to give permission because of the pandemic (7x7-journal.ru/articles/2021/02/27/zapretili-plakaty-razreshili-tolko-portret-kak-v-gorodah-rossii-proshli-akcii-v-pamyat-o-borise-nemcove).
The 7x7 portal provides coverage today of the actions in Ryazan, Ulyanovsk, Smolensk, Pskov, Kostroma, Novgorod, Belgorod, and Voronezh. Others likely took place as well but have not yet been widely reported. But this is another indication that activism continues to spread to places where many in Moscow have not expected it to be.