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Russian Journalist: Nemtsov Murder Undermines Putin

By    |   Monday, 02 Mar 2015 08:37 PM

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on Friday near the Kremlin probably by "rogue elements" in the state security and police forces who were not acting on orders from President Vladimir Putin, a Moscow journalist told Newsmax TV on Monday.

While cautioning that "this is all assumptions at this stage," Pavel Felgenhauer told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner said that Nemtsov's murder in a public thoroughfare "is not really Putin's kind of modus operandi, and the reaction of the Kremlin was really rather angry about it."

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"Putin didn't most likely give any OK for that," said Felgenhauer, who regularly writes about defense issues for Novaya Gazeta. "And of course it's really obvious that the Russian security services, or at least rogue elements inside them, were involved."

While the likely involvement of Russian authorities in Nemtsov's murder does not inspire confidence in an investigation, Felgenhauer said that the killing represents "a real challenge" to Putin's authority — even if it did eliminate one of his liberal political critics — and that Putin "most likely … would want to get to the bottom of that story."

"This is a serious thing, and this is undermining Putin's overall authority," he said.

The killing also points to rifts in Russian politics, with some ultra-nationalist factions wanting an even more aggressive, anti-Western policy than the country has under Putin, said Felgenhauer.

"So Putin is under attack, most likely," he said. "Officially he is very popular with the masses, but there's a lot of discontent from all sides."

Nemtsov, a critic of the war in Ukraine, was reportedly close to revealing evidence of Russia's involvement with separatist rebels there.

But Felgenhauer said that Russian troops fighting alongside the separatists isn't news anymore, so suppressing that information wouldn't be the sole reason for having him killed.

"There have been lots of reports," he said. "My newspaper has just published actual, factual data — I mean interviews with Russian soldiers who were badly wounded fighting" in Ukraine.

"Another report most likely would not really rock the situation that much," he said.

Nemtsov was probably killed by ultra-nationalists who wanted to make an example of him, said Felgenhauer.

Whether the Russian public gets a full accounting of his death is another question, he said.

"So though there most likely is an investigation right now, we're not sure at all that the findings will be ever made public," said Felgenhauer.

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