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Podcast: The Nemtsov Legacy

From the establishment to the streets.
From the establishment to the streets.

He was a young pathbreaking provincial governor in the heady days following the Soviet collapse.

He was a reformist deputy prime minister, and in the eyes of many, a potential president.

He was an uncompromising opposition leader who refused to be coopted and who persevered, even when it appeared that nobody was listening.

And a year ago this weekend, Boris Nemtsov became a martyr.

In many ways, Nemtsov represents the path not taken in Russia.

But what is his legacy? How has Russia changed since his death? And did his hopes for his country die with him on that fateful winter night in Moscow last February?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss Nemtsov's legacy with co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and guest Marc Bennetts, author of the recently published book I'm Going To Ruin Their Lives: Inside Putin's War On Russia's Opposition.


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by: JJ from: Berlin
February 26, 2016 17:15
What about having some voice coaching sessions in order to just show off a bit less and say a bit more. Sometimes it is impossible to understand your words, with so much mumbling.
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by: NM Remote from: NM USA
February 27, 2016 07:37
Perhaps some "listening" lessons in English would help you. Try some Q-tips to clean the wax out of your ears first, OK JJ?
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by: Cathleen from: Paris
February 27, 2016 08:30
JJ, did you want to be on radio? if you spot it, you got it - you did fill out the ARE YOU HUMAN box right? Nobody is perfect not even JJ from Berlin so back off. Otherwise, have a nice day!

by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 26, 2016 18:08
Thanks to Marc Galeotti and Marc Bennetts for their sober remarks.

On Obama's Plan B, it looks like a red flag to a Putin bull. It would have been smarter to just do Plan B.
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by: M.K from: Germany
February 27, 2016 22:25
About Plan B... Syria is a sovereign country. And how some foreign countries such as the United States or Israel dare to propose the plan of the partition of Syria??? Where is the UN? Where are the international conventions and laws? Do we live in the jungle or in the civilized world?

by: Marco
February 27, 2016 10:57
The Russian war against the West is defensive in nature. The EU and NATO expansion into Ukraine was countered by the annexation of Crimea. Western sanctions was responded with counter sanctions to protect the Russian economy. The Third Energy Package was countered with the suspension of the South Stream project. The Western media dominance is being responded with Russia Today.

The question is of course: why has the ruling elite in Russia decided on a defensive policy against the West ? Why are Liberal politicians like Nemtsov regarded as a threat to national security in Russia ?

The Liberal Democratic order in the West is today collapsing. There are signs of this collapse all over in our societies today.
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by: mark fellows from: UK
February 27, 2016 21:16
But what "defence" will Russia make to counter its 10% fall in real wages, 10% inflation, halving of the rouble, and destruction of Russia's pension and health care? If the West is "collapsing," how does one characterize Russia?
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by: Jeremy from: USA
February 27, 2016 22:37
The failure of the so-called 'western liberalism' we see in the example of the current political situation in the US, too. The system is geared against any candidate, not in agreement with the status quo. The ship of state (America) is heading for the rocky shoals, but the political parties are calling more speed, steady as she goes.

Everyone with any interest knows we are a bankrupt country where the laws apply only to the law-abiding. People responsible for our immigration laws have given up on the illegals and only check citizens of the US that are coming and going. The disparity between the rich and the rest of us is astronomical and none of the candidates even mention that fact.

There are two people running for President that want to change things. One is called a clown and the other is called a socialist by their detractors, the news media and the people they have convinced. If neither of these two people win the nomination and election it will probably be the last time anyone not holding to the DNC and RNC will ever try again. The direction of the country will continue till we crash and burn which will not be too far in the future.

by: C.S.
February 27, 2016 17:55
Russia would be in much better shape if more of her leaders favorite politician was Thatcher.

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