Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today in central Moscow. Was Nemtsov killed by Putin? Seems like a likely scenario.
A Russian website reported that Nemtsov was walking with a woman near the Kremlin at the time of the attack. A spokesman said at least seven shots were fired at Nemtsov from a passing car. Police are investigating (Are They?).
Nemstov was 55 and was the head of the opposition Republican Party of Russia-People’s Freedom Party. He served as governor of the Novgorod region and as deputy prime minister in the 1990s. In the 1990s Nemtsov “was an icon of democratic reform, a crusading minister anointed by former President Boris Yeltsin to be his political heir.”
He later became an opposition leader and sharp critic of Putin and Putin is the first person everyone is looking at as the reason for Nemstov’s untimely death. Other critics of Putin have mysteriously died, mostly by poisoning.