Russia Takes a Frightening Turn as Liberal Opposition Mourns Nemtsov

Russia Takes a Frightening Turn as Liberal Opposition Mourns Nemtsov
Thousands rally in memory of the murdered activist Boris Nemtsov, Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2015 (photo by Flickr user Evgeniy Isaev used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).

There are two leading theories about the death of Boris Nemtsov, the former Russian deputy prime minister and liberal activist gunned down in Moscow last week, and neither one is flattering to Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to one interpretation, Putin himself must have signed off on the murder, which took place in view of the Kremlin on a bridge under constant surveillance. A second theory—advanced by Masha Gessen in The New York Times, among others—holds that Putin and his inner circle are not directly responsible, but that Nemtsov was killed by vigilante nationalist gangs, an accidental casualty of the […]

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