The Moscow City Duma will convene to discuss the removal of the plaque, radio station Ekho Moskvy reported early Friday, citing the deputy head of the commission on monumental art Lev Lavryonov.
The plaque was mounted on the house where Nemtsov lived prior to his death on Feb. 27, 2015. He was gunned down while walking home in the evening across the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge next to the Kremlin. Opposition politician Ilya Yashin said the memorial plaque was installed lawfully as a “citizens’ initiative.”
“The majority of this house’s residents supported this decision,” Yashin wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.
In November 2016 officials in the city of Nizhny Novgorod approved the mounting of a plaque on the house where Nemtsov lived when he headed the region from 1991 to 1997. The city’s mayor said last summer that public opinion is divided on whether to follow through on the memorial plans.
The Moscow Mayor’s Office reportedly rejected a September 2016 petition with 30,000 signatures asking for a small plaque to be erected on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge.