The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov - A continuation of terror?
06 March, 2015
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed in the center of Moscow on February 27th. The politician had dinner with Anna Duritskaya, a 23-year-old Ukrainian model in a GUM shopping mall restaurant, and they were walking home. On the bridge near the Kremlin, Nemtsov was shot six times – and actually hit four times, dying on the spot – by an individual who escaped by car. It is noteworthy that it happened right before the anti-crisis protest that
was planned in Moscow on March 1st. Nemtsov was one of its organizers.

Both Russian authorities and the Russian media labeled this assassination a provocation. The Investigation Committee immediately came up with several versions of this murder. According to one of them, Nemtsov was threatened by Islamists because of his condemnation of the assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris. According to the second one, there is a Ukrainian trace in all this, with radicals on both sides of the conflict ready to commit such a crime; the third version is connected with his entrepreneurial activities; the fourth one to private enmity and/or jealousy.

Dmitri Oreshkin, political scientist:
“This is a continuation of terror that has been plaguing the country for quite some time. Those who die in Moscow’s streets are almost exclusively oppositionist politicians and journalists, but for some reason this does not happen to politicians and journalists who support Putin. It does not take a genius to notice a pattern here—It’s only dissenters who become victims of political murders.”

Matvey Ganapolsky, journalist, publicist:

“If we don’t count Khodorkovsky and Navalny, with one of them driven from the country and the other behind bars, Nemtsov was the only real opposition leader who was not yet subdued somehow. It is also noteworthy that he was killed right before the announced “Spring March.” I doubt that Putin gave an order to do away with Nemtsov personally, but if the assassin is found, it will be a person who decided to please him. Currently the main Russian trend is as follows: think about an enemy, outline an enemy, find an enemy, kill an enemy.”

One hour before the assassination

One hour before the assassination, Boris Nemtsov gave an interview to “Echo of Moscow” and once again criticized Putin for things such as violation of the nuclear weapons distribution systems, blocking all TV channels from reporting on the planned protest, waging war on Ukraine and other things. “When all power is concentrated in one person’s hands, it ends with a catastrophe,” Nemtsov remarked.

“Putin may kill me”

A fragment from an interview given by Boris Nemtsov to the Osvedomitel newspaper is even more noteworthy: “My mother is seriously scared for me because she thinks that due to my late speeches and activity, Putin may kill me. This is not funny at all – my mother is a very wise person! My mother is very afraid of Putin and for good reason: Khodorkovsky’s and Navalny’s cases are still fresh. She worried a lot about them but she is especially nervous about me because she is my mother. You can probably imagine her fear. I’m a bit scared myself.”
“Provocation” Theories

According to the version of some state media sources the CIA, the Ukrainian government or an exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky may have ordered the murder. The investigators are discussing several theories, including the “provocation” theory, the possible involvement of an Islamist terrorist, a link to Ukraine, or a Russian nationalist.
Farewell March

Thousands of Russians bid farewell to Boris Nemtsov as his funeral took place in Moscow.