Boris Nemtsov led protests against Putin, and called for the release of ‘political prisoners’ [File photo: May 2013/Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters]

Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech capital risks angering the Kremlin with plans to rename a public square after murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

The change of name at “Pod Kastany Namesti” (“Under the Chestnuts Square”) in Prague will do little to improve recently strained relations with Moscow. The square, in reality little more than a tree-lined road junction in the leafy Prague 6 suburb, hosts the Russian embassy.

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The move extends a series of controversies spurred by officials in the Czech capital that appear designed to reassert the EU member state’s pro-Western foreign policy orientation, in opposition to efforts by populists

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