President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent at the time, Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin in February 2015.
In recent years, the name Nemtsov has appeared in the toponymy of different cities around the world. First, at the end of February 2018, Boris Nemtsov Plaza appeared in Washington, DC.
In March 2018, a square named after Boris Nemtsov was opened in front of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania. The square named after Boris Nemtsov was opened in March 2019 near the building of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Also, commemorative plaques associated with the name of Nemtsov appeared in some cities in Russia.
“TOP 09 councillors will back the renaming of the square… where the embassy is situated to Boris Nemtsov Square,” tweeted European Parliament member Jiri Pospisil, head of the TOP 09 party in Prague.
The other major parties represented in the Prague city council have also voiced support for renaming the square.
In July 2017, a Moscow court found five men from Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya guilty of Nemtsov’s murder and sentenced them to lengthy prison terms.
But Nemtsov’s relatives and associates believe his killing was ordered at a higher level, and say justice will not be served until the person or people behind it are identified and prosecuted.
The Embassy of Russia in Prague is located at nam. Pod Kastany 1, Prague 6 – Bubenec.