Russia Update: More Than 30,000 March in Memory of Slain Opposition Leader Nemtsov

March 1, 2015
Man carries a Russian sign which is a play on the name "Boris" which also means "Fight!" in memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in a memorial procession March 1. The woman on the right has a sign saying "Propaganda Kills" reflecting widespread believe that state TV's vilification of the opposition led to the killing of Nemtsov. Photo by @YodNews

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

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Both government and opposition have advanced various theories about the people behind the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, ranging from a jealous lover to Islamist extermists to rival opposition leaders seeking to create martyrs to the Kremlin itself. We list them below and also analyze how strong the arguments are pro and con.

Special features:

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Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement.

See also our Russia This Week stories:

Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement,
‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers

The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists?

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