There were numerous attempts to destroy the memorial in past 240 days…

12049257_957663994277105_6202095225968480602_nThere were multiple raids by the members if the SERB radical organisation during which flowers, placards, posters, photographs, candles and baskets of flowers — brought by supporters and followers of Nemtsov — were simply dumped into lorries and taken in an unknown direction. This is an ongoing struggle with the Gormost (the city corporation that maintains the bridges). I remember how on one April evening, an employee of Gormost stood on the bridge with a large black bag in which he collected all the flowers brought to the memorial. Once I had to stand and personally rescue the bouquets. It was raining, strong wind was blowing around, and — as always — there was a Gormost man with a trash bag… I did not allow the bouquets to lie on the pavement, and so they would not end up in the trash I collected them. The bouquets accumulated into a mountain (because endless crowds of people brought and brought them) — and suddenly the other volunteers appeared. Gormost employees retreated and we laid out a huge sign “БОРИСЬ!” (“FIGHT!”) made of flowers.

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