I want to get a note out to you as the publicity mounts over the Boris Nemtsov murder.
Secondly, none of us have any idea who ordered or carried out the killing of Nemtsov––and we may never know.
We do know that America's mainstream media will construe this as a murder instigated by Vladimir Putin.
I will give you my thoughts on Nemtsov and this tragic happening.
I've watched Boris Nemtsov since he first came on the scene as a seemingly "brilliant" young Governor from Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in the early 1990s. He came to Moscow where he tried his hand at various posts and activities surrounding the Yeltsin government and was one of the many Vice Premiers. At that time numbers of active young Russian men (and a few women) were vying for the different new positions that were opening up in Moscow. The competition was fierce and the movement was constant.
I had such high hope for Nemtsov! He was very verbal, always out in front founding one organization or another. After a while it became clear to me that Nemtsov could be a good front person, but he couldn't seem to come up with rational, organized proposals for bringing the New Russia into some semblance of order and stability. In the 1990s both were imperative. Russia was a wild, uncontrolled, increasingly criminal place following the implosion of the USSR. Old laws were gone, new laws were yet to be written, the ruble was worthless, corruption was rampant, murders were occurring daily. Russian people were forced to survive on bartering of anything they had, that someone else might want. The country was in dire straits and the situation begged for solutions -- or proposals for how to survive this mass chaos, lawlessness and criminality.
Nemtsov was always out in front making speeches, getting attention, but short on planning or solution making. Many of us realized this and scanned the scene looking for other young personalities who might be sufficiently organized to get Russia moving beyond its deep mire before it collapsed and fragmented.
It seemed to me from there on, Nemtsov was passed over, yet he was still around making himself known. He gravitated toward becoming an opposition voice where he remained until his demise, I supposed due to the fact that was the only role open for him.
I always thought of him as having an excellent"out there" personality, but not enough instinctive skills to meet Russia's need at the time––and it was unfortunate that he became somewhat of a "poor loser", criticizing others who had gone on beyond him. However, this was true of quite a few Russians who floated around the periphery at that time. It seems this is not uncommon for people who have extrovert personalities, loud voices and large aspirations, yet don't have the well-honed instincts to move up the ladders to positions for which they yearn.
Would Putin have wanted Nemtsov dead?
He would have done anything possible to prevent it -- along with the sordid accusations that invariably will come from the West.
Nemtsov was a nobody to Putin and the Russian population.
Anything he complained of had been complained about by others over and over -- it was old stuff.
Information about corruption around Sochi events? The pros/cons on this are old and well rehearsed by many.
Stopping the demonstration in Moscow? It was to be tiny -- why would Putin be interested in this?
In my opinion, Nemtsov's murder was either some unknown personal vendetta, a business deal gone sour or perhaps something surrounding the 20-year-old he was with ….
…. but more likely this murder contract was carried out to create more negative publicity with which to demonize Putin.
So let's watch how it plays out.
All the best, Sharon