THE NEMTSOV ASSASSINATION: ONE WEEK LATER
Last Friday, while I have having our bi-weekly "vidchat" for this website's member-subscribers, one of the participants informed us that Mr. Boris Nemtsov, a principal opponent of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down in Red Square in Moscow, in the sight of the Kremlin walls and of St. Basil's Cathedrial. I did not have time then to comment, but it was the almost universal consensus of those of us in the vidchat that the act was not coming from Mr. Putin. Then, within a few minutes, the same individual who was following the story informed us that Mr Putin had taken personal control of the investigation within minutes after the assassination. After the vidchat was done, I quickly recorded a News and Views from the Nefarium (for Feb 27, 2015), without having had time to watch any of the news coverage. I predicted then that the whole thing would be blamed on Mr. Putin, and used as yet another example of his "thuggish ways." Well, if Mr. Putin is a thug, then he appears to have departed from his standard modus operandi, which in the past - if we are to believe the "Putin professionals" of the West - has been simply to "imprison enemies on trumped up charges after a show trial." You know, the standard sort of Neo-Brezhnev approach, rather than a Stalinesque purge complete with Lavrenty Beria and the appropriate wetwork.
But now the story is beginning to evolve a bit (as they always do). Mr. T.M. sent this one, and its worth consideration in the light of today's "high octane speculation":
The Russian opposition leader's murder was 'meticulously planned'
The meat of this short article is here:
"There is no doubt that the crime was meticulously planned, as well as the place chosen for the murder," the powerful Investigative Committee, which has been put in charge of the probe, said in its first detailed statement on the drive-by shooting of the 55-year-old politician.
"Investigators said they believed Nemtsov was shot in the back from a car using a Makarov pistol, used by the Russian military and police."
It goes on to point out that his murderers knew of his movements. What is more interesting however is that Mr. Nemtsov was scheduled to be a key speaker at an anti-Putin demonstration that was scheduled a few days after his murder. In this respect it is worth nothing that Mr. Nemtsov held a post as governor of the Nizhny Novgorod oblast and also as a deputy prime minister during the Yeltsin years(see Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot to death in central Moscow late Friday).
So, what are we to make of this, one week later? Today, as a week ago, there are but two choices here: (1) Mr. Putin and/or his allies planned and carried out the murder to rid themselves of a nuisance, or (2) it was a false flag provocation-event designed to embarass Mr. Putin's government, perhaps the first of a series of covert operations designed to weaken and eventually overturn his government. In other words, it was a deliberately conceived operation designed to be one component of the "covert operations/regime change" game played in Russia itself.
We can dispense with the first alternative almost immediately, for it makes almost no sense from any point of view one might choose to examine it. For Mr. Putin's government, Nemtsov was almost a non-entity, for Mr. Putin himself is immensely popular among Russians according to recent polls, some of which have him at over 80% approval rating. Stop and ponder that one for a moment, and compare it to your local Kanzler, Prime Minister, or sock-puppet president. Additionally, as noted above, outright direct assassination has not typically been the way Mr. Putin has operated. Nor did he need to here, for as noted, Mr. Nemtsov and the anti-Putin opposition in Russia is for the moment a negligible force. More importantly, Mr. Putin has nothing to gain by such an operation and everything to lose. He would gain nothing but the permanent removal of a relatively unimportant political opponent, while gaining the ire of the West, for he would only provide confirmation to the Western media which has been consistently trying to portray him as nothing but a common thug, a kind of Russian Mafia Capo.
I lean, therefore, one week later, where I leaned last week: this is an event - a provocation and a false flag - designed not for Russian audiences but for western ones, and may be - and I certainly think it is - the first of possibly many more such "incidents" that might be in the works to de-stablize Russia and bring about "regime change" and "democracy" in Russia. Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts certainly is thinking along these lines:
Nemtsov’s Assassination: A Propaganda Attack On Putin?
The problem here, as I suggested above, is that if the West has reached the point of such transparent desperation as to resort to "wet work" on one of their own "assets," then the real goal here is not any immediate propaganda gain (indeed, in my polling of personal friends since Mr. Nemtsov's murder, no one, absolutely no one believes that Mr. Putin nor any agency of the Russian state had anything to do with it, and, by the same token, everyone I polled thinks the West, and principally America, had something to do with it). So if the propaganda gain is not the issue here, then what is? I strongly suspect that it is to create instability, to portray Mr. Putin's government to the Russians as weak and ineffective, and therefore, that more such operations are probably already carefully planned. In short, we are in a hot war, being fought by proxies and covert operations, and as I've consistently tried to warn the nutjobs in charge of the west, covert operations of this sort are a game two people can play. How Mr. Putin responds to all of this remains to be seen... What to expect?
Expect the unexpected...
See you on the flip side...
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The conspirators have been caught and were from the Chechen region of Russia(surprise,surprise,surprise)one blowing himself up on arrest and another confessing openly that the victim was anti islamic so he had to die. Strangely this follows a pattern with the Kiev hooker leading this poor sucker out for a moonlight stroll along the Volga while her contacts through Gladio arrange for a terrorist hit from the chechen version of ISIS,also supported and trained through Nato(BND)intel.
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I don’t think at this time I’m buying into a false flag event unless it begins and ends with Russia. For the reason of my doubts check out these names.
Sergei Magnitsky,Boris Berezovsky,Anastasia Baburova,Alexander Litvinenko,Stanislav Markelov, Sergei Yushenkov, Paul Klebnikov,Natalia Estemirova,Anna Poliktovsk
RT was reporting today of the arrest of suspects from Chechnya, home of the Boston Marathon Bombers, one can’t be too cynical if one is beginning to smell a dead fish in the walls!
If Putin were involved I don’t think he would do it right before a major planned opposition demo. The deceased was a former energy official in the yeltsin days and racked in 7-8 million a year so it could be also be the mafia settling a score. On “Sputnik” a jailed hit man says the hit was unprofessional as the number of shots fired did not indicate pro-shooters. Also articles say he was murdered because of his Charlie Hebdo position but the same articles don’t say what his position was! Nemtsov also reportedly had knowledge of billions stolen at the Sochi Olympics. Nobody can be ruled out at this point.
Yah, but… Everyone you’ve polled favors the “west did it to discredit Putin” approach so you (somewhat) discount that as a motive for doing so. But let us not be deceived. You are “preaching to the choir,” here, Joseph, and have an audience who is, for the most part, on the same page vis a vis the NATO expansion into Russian territory is the problem here viewpoint.
I still think the “west” did it. So they can continue to paint Putin as some crazed expansionist dictator, as they continue to do in mainstream narratives.
I am open to new information changing my basic slant, but I am not moved by Kasparov or ???
FTR, no one believes “80+% approval” ratings on ANY politician. But even if only 1/4 of that, he still had Nemtsov by a good 15% (I do think the lower numbers are probably somewhat accurate…) Point being, there is no reason by Putin would do this. And certainly not in this way. He is a CLEVER fox, if ever there was one…
A Political Hit In Moscow, sounds like title from a Hollywood movie. Well this one isn’t so hard to understand at all, I mean Qui Bono AGAIN, but just like all the others, it will be forgotten about in a week. Can we expect a “reply” hit from Mr. Putin, I don’t think so, he’s much too smart for that. BUT, as Joseph says, two can play the game, so I suspect when the dust settles it might be game on, “but in another field” of play. The thing now is, “what to look for” from Moscow, retaliation can be in different formats, military, financial or political, OR Galactic even. Just imagine the Washingtonians and the Pentagonians trying to figure “where” the pain will come from, for a sure as natures god made little green apples, there will be PAIN!!
I seriously hope Putin doesn’t stoop to their levels of murder and other immoral acts. The unexpected would be a bringer of truth. Lets see some of that satellite data from 9/11… Or maybe he is maneuvering to checkmate them first. Prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the American/global cabal killed Mr. Nemtsov, a few bankers here and there, an oil exec with a snow plow, downed a plane full of people over the Ukraine, and is the hand behind ISIS. Only after the enemy is checkmated can one topple the king. That, folks is the game of a grandmaster.
However carefully planned and executed, this hit nonetheless smacks of desperation.
As you note, the math doesn’t add up, even to a 10 year old; yes, of course, it was done by the Cabal, clearly as the next move in their destabilization game. Most importantly, as you noted, it is fodder for the propaganda organs of the West and will be another chit to rachet up the anti-Russian hysteria.
What will be interesting is Russia’s tat fot this oh-so-obvious tit; I very much doubt it will be in kind, but I suspect it will either come in the form of an unexpected Russian financial move or another telephone intercept or the like.
Anyone for a Mob style hit the CSA has truly become a gangster state. But then who is really running this protection racket the real Mafia has more brains than to do a job like this. AMATUER HOUR ANTECS THE COSA NOSTRA SHOULD BE SUING FOR DEMATION OF CARICTOR.
CORRECTION DEFAMATION OF CHARICTOR.
There is a lot of juicy material concerning Nemtsov on the FortRuss blog: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/search/label/Nemtsov?max-results=7
The most complicated scenario posits that Nemtsov was a government plant in the opposition and then penetrated the Kiev junta:
It turns out, for example, that Boris Efimovich simply played Poroshenko about the “evidence of the presence of Russian military in Ukraine”. A perfect excuse to enter the trust circle – of course, the junta immediately got on the hook of such a valuable informant. So far such evidence has not even been provided by the CIA. Why would Nemtsov suddenly have it? It turns out that he deliberately deceived the Kiev authorities. The only explanation – it was a good disguise to infiltrate behind enemy lines. The result is known to all: the defeat of the Ukrainian troops, ending of hostilities and the Minsk agreement, meaning fiasco of the State Department policy in Ukraine. (http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/03/was-nemtsov-killed-because-his-cover-as.html)
For an extra twist a couple of commenters have suggested that given Nemstov was a Kremlin asset and his cover was blown the “assassination” was faked.
Some of details tend to support this hypothesis: the surveillance cameras on the bridge were not operating, no traffic except for the snow plow (perhaps the same one used in M. de Margerie’s plane crash?[jk]), the photo of the corpse reveals more of a beer belly than one would think from photos of him standing clothed, no exit wounds and no blood visible in the same photo, and 11 minutes for police to arrive. Admittedly, these details are consistent with other scenarios, but this one has the makings of a good spy novel.
The “Glove” has been thrown down.
Not only expect the unexpected;
Not only the tit for tat;
There are more players in this game, than meets the “eye”(s).
And the other speculation is that Russian oligarchs who want a pro Washington Russia did it, sans direction from the usual suspect western agencies.
Ah, I’ll pick number 3.
I’m with you on that one. There are more players in the game than just Putin and the West, and they seriously need to be considered.
I would still believe that it was in cahoots with their western “friends” however.