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Russian opposition leader requests early release to attend Boris Nemtsov's funeral

  • Flowers and a condolence message that reads "In memory of Boris" are placed with a portrait of Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, at the site where Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin, against a backdrop of the Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 2, 2015. Nemtsov was killed on Friday, Feb. 27 in what many in the opposition believe was reprisal for his unrelenting criticism of Putin. No suspects have yet been detained in connection with the killing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Flowers and a condolence message that reads "In memory of Boris" are placed with a portrait of Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, at the site where Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin, against a backdrop of the Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 2, 2015. Nemtsov was killed on Friday, Feb. 27 in what many in the opposition believe was reprisal for his unrelenting criticism of Putin. No suspects have yet been detained in connection with the killing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • People carry Russian national flags during a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. They carried flowers, portraits and white signs that said “I am not afraid.”  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    People carry Russian national flags during a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. They carried flowers, portraits and white signs that said “I am not afraid.” (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian protesters stand outside the Russian Embassy in central London, Sunday, March 1, 2015,  after the shooting of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Nemtsov was gunned down shortly before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing came just hours after a radio interview in which he denounced Putin’s “mad, aggressive policy” in Ukraine. (AP Photo/PA,  Laura Lean)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Ukrainian protesters stand outside the Russian Embassy in central London, Sunday, March 1, 2015, after the shooting of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Nemtsov was gunned down shortly before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing came just hours after a radio interview in which he denounced Putin’s “mad, aggressive policy” in Ukraine. (AP Photo/PA, Laura Lean) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has requested to be released early from prison so he can attend the funeral of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Navalny's spokeswoman told The Associated Press that lawyers had filed a request for early release to attend the funeral Tuesday. Navalny was sentenced on Feb. 20 to 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets for an upcoming protest.

Nemtsov was gunned down not far from the Kremlin on Friday in what many in the opposition believe was reprisal for his unrelenting criticism of President Vladimir Putin. No suspects have yet been detained in connection with the killing.