Czech authorities renamed the street that houses the Russian embassy in Prague after slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, on the fifth anniversary of his killing, on Thursday.

Zdenek Hrib, the mayor of Prague said "This day was chosen because it's the fifth anniversary of the assassination. It's important to remember persons like Boris Nemtsov or Anna Politkovskaya because they have been killed for their fight for ideas of democracy."

He added, "It is important to have in mind that democracy and the rule of law are not things that we should take for granted, we have to fight for them."

Former deputy prime minister and opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down with four shots in the back on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in the centre of Moscow on February 27, 2015.

In 2017 Nemtsov's killer Zaur Dadaev was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His accomplices were given jail sentences ranging from 11 to 19 years. The trial began in March 2015, when the defendants were detained for the crime.

On the same day, Czech authorities also celebrated the naming of another street after Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was shot dead in 2006.

Rustam Makhmudov, the man who pulled the trigger, and his uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev received life sentences, while three others were given lengthy prison terms for their part in the crime.

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