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PostSubject: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:27 am

New York Times 2/28/15
Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/world/europe/killing-of-boris-nemtsov-putin-critic-breeds-fear-in-russia.html



MOSCOW — About two weeks before he was shot and killed in the highest-profile political assassination in Russia in a decade, Boris Y. Nemtsov met with an old friend to discuss his latest research into what he said was dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin.

He was, as always, pugilistic and excited, saying he wanted to publish the research in a pamphlet to be called “Putin and the War,” about President Vladimir V. Putin and Russian involvement in the Ukraine conflict, recalled Yevgenia Albats, the editor of New Times magazine. Both knew the stakes.

Mr. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, knew his work was dangerous but tried to convince her that, as a former high official in the Kremlin, he enjoyed immunity, Ms. Albats said.

“He was afraid of being killed,” Ms. Albats said. “And he was trying to convince himself, and me, they wouldn’t touch him because he was a member of the Russian government, a vice premier, and they wouldn’t want to create a precedent. Because as he said, one time the power will change hands in Russia again, and those who served Putin wouldn’t want to create this precedent.”


Aside from the natural suspicion that this high profile, violent and tragic incident plays right into the hand of the anti Putin juggernaut, it's worth noting that Mr Nemtsov's sudden absence from the opposition camp leaves a huge vacuum involving realignment among those not too heavily intimidated by this murder.

As the blame game heats up, the challenge remains for Putin to tackle a rising 'Russian spring' from an increasingly embattled position. See what he has to say about this one.
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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:22 am

Putin had said they would do this a while ago.



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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:51 am

Great catch, Laconas.
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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:03 am

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the the killing is aimed at “destabilizing the situation in the country, at heightening confrontation” with the West.

Gorbachev says:

The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilize it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition.
The Saker notes that Putin warned years ago that a false flag of this nature might occur.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-28/gorbachev-murder-opposition-leader-was-false-flag
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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:00 pm

The Financial Times is running with a piece today saying "How the Kremlin Benefits" from this.  FT requires a paid prescription, so it probably the jew argument on it.  But of course this is not good for Russia, even were they to prove it a zio-hit, or, ...to be politically correct, the CIA at it again.

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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:23 am

Re Yahoo News (AFP) 3/1/15
Kerry: US seeks 'transparent, real' probe into Nemtsov murder
http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-us-seeks-transparent-real-probe-nemtsov-murder-190056504.html

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Russia to carry out a "thorough, transparent, real investigation" into the murder of a Russian opposition leader who fiercely criticized President Vladimir Putin.

"The bottom line is that we hope there will be a thorough, transparent, real investigation not just who actually fired the shots, but who if anyone may have ordered or instructed this or been behind this," Kerry, said on ABC television's "This Week" program.

"Our hearts go out to the Russian people... This was a man who was deeply committed to a better relationship with the world."

Another leading figure in US politics, former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein, said she did not know if Putin played a possible role in Nemtsov's death.

Asked by CNN if she thought Putin was behind it, she said: "Oh, I have no way of knowing."

But she agreed on CBS television's "Face the Nation" that the key question was whether there was a link between the Russian leader and the murder.

"Whether Putin authorized it, whether he didn't, whether he knew about it, whether it was his friends or some of his military doing this, we'll wait and see with the investigation," she said.

"But I think it comes at a very bad time," shortly after the start of an armistice between Russian backed rebels and Ukrainian forces, Feinstein added.

She expressed high regard for Nemtsov as "a distinguished dissident -- not your average person on the street, but someone who actually served in the cabinet of Boris Yeltsin and is very respected," she said.

"(He) spoke fluent English, was prepared to take on Russia with respect to the Ukraine and what Russia has really been doing there, and was shot down in cold blood."

Police and investigators in Russia said Nemtsov was shot down by unidentified assailants as he was walking with a woman along a bridge not far from the Kremlin.

Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow on Sunday in memory of Nemtsov, 55.

President Barack Obama late Saturday condemned what he called Nemtsov's "brutal" and "vicious" murder, and praised the opposition leader as a "tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled."

These vague implications may stand so long as the killer(s) don't get identified.  Moscow police must be working overtime on leads like that garbage truck.
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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:28 pm

Nemtsov murder: Ukrainian girlfriend flies to Kiev from Russia

The Ukrainian girlfriend of murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who is the only known witness to his killing on Friday night, has reportedly flown to Kiev after being held for questioning by authorities in Moscow.

Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebiinis said Anna Duritskaya had flown to Kiev after the Ukrainian embassy in Russia “provided all the necessary assistance for her return to her home country,” Interfax news agency reported.

Duritskaya, a 23-year-old model who said she had known Nemtsov for about three years, told the independent channel TV Rain on Monday that she was being held under police guard in a friend’s apartment in Moscow and not being allowed to move around freely.

She said she had been questioned by the investigative committee for three days and had not been told why she was being held or for how long.

“I’ve told them everything possible, and I don’t know why I am still on Russian territory, as I want to go back to my mum, who is ill and … in a very difficult psychological state,” Duritskaya said.

Nemtsov and Duritskaya had been walking across a bridge next to the Kremlin after dinner on Friday night when an unknown assassin shot the former deputy prime minister – a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin – four times in the back, killing him on the spot.

Duritskaya told TV Rain she had been in shock and remembered little about what happened. She said the killer had got into a light-coloured passing car after the shooting, but said she did not see the person’s face nor the vehicle’s number plate.

“I don’t want to answer questions about what happened on the bridge. I don’t want to talk about this,” she said. “I am in a very difficult psychological condition and I cannot talk about this any more now. I feel bad … I saw no one. I don’t know where he came from, he was behind my back.”

Although numerous surveillance cameras have been photographed in the area of the shooting, only inconclusive footage from a local television channel’s distant camera has been published. In that video, a snow-removal truck passes in front of what appears to be the couple at the exact time of the murder.

The federal protection service, which is in charge of guarding the Kremlin, said on Monday that its cameras had not captured the killing. But blogger Mitya Aleshkovsky published a photograph he took of a Kremlin security camera shortly after the tragedy occurred, which he said showed the camera was “pointed directly at the place of the murder”.

Duritskaya’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said on Monday that she would refuse to undergo a lie detector test because there was no reason to doubt her testimony, and it would place additional stress on her.

US president Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years.

“This is an indication of a climate at least inside of Russia in which civil society, independent journalists, people trying to communicate on the internet, have felt increasingly threatened, constrained. And increasingly the only information that the Russian public is able to get is through state-controlled media outlets,” Obama said.

“I have no idea at this point exactly what happened. What I do know is more broadly the fact that freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of information, basic civil rights and civil liberties inside of Russia are in much worse shape now than they were four or five, 10 years ago.”


The news outlet Izvestiya, which is known for its close ties to the authorities, reported shortly after midnight on Tuesday that the team investigating Nemtsov’s killing “have focused on the explanation connected with the so-called Ukrainian trace.” Investigators suspect his murder was ordered by Ukrainian intelligence services or pro-Kiev fighter named Adam Osmayev, an unnamed source reportedly said. Osmayev, a native of Russia’s Chechnya republic who has recently re-appeared fighting on the side of the government in eastern Ukraine, was charged in 2012 with a foiled attempt to assassinate Putin.

Putin’s spokesman said shortly after the killing that it was “100% a provocation,” drawing criticism from some that the Kremlin could be sending signals about how it wants investigators to proceed.

Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a50_1425345693#mXC6AaPP1y2CE76g.99
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PostSubject: Re: NYT: Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov   Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:37 am

Boris, darlink...


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