Monday, March 02, 2015


Sergei Kirov -- Stalin's Nemtsov?

Nemtsov: Kremlin-Watchers Find Eerie Parallel In An 80-Year-Old Murder

Many historians are comparing the brazen murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov to the 1934 assassination of Bolshevik leader Sergei Kirov, a Stalin rival whose death went on to serve as a pretext for Stalin's campaign of terror against the Bolshevik old guard. More

Human rights activists at a rally in honor of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow in 2010.

Russia's Milestones Are Gravestones

Boris Nemtsov is the latest in a long list of killings and suspicious deaths that have defined Vladimir Putin's Russia. More

Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of the Republican Party of Russia-People's Freedom Part (RPR-Parnas)

Boris Nemtsov, A Russian Political 'Golden Boy' Who Battled Putin, Dead At 55

Once dubbed the “golden boy” of Russian politics in the media, Boris Nemtsov was later named first deputy prime minister by Yeltsin, a move that many interpreted as the Russian leader’s bid to groom his heir to the Kremlin. Instead, he eventually led an array of liberal-minded opposition movements and parties alleging wrongdoing under Vladimir Putin. More

Boris Nemtsov

Boris Nemtsov: 'We Must Free Russia From Putin'

Slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was looking ahead to a planned March 1 opposition rally, though in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service earlier this month, he portrayed the demonstration as just a first step in a long struggle. More

A convoy of Ukrainian armed forces, including armored personnel carriers, military vehicles, and cannons, prepares to move as the troops pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Blahodatne, on February 27.

EU Lawmaker Tells Of Shelling And 'Chaotic Retreat' After Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire

A Belgian lawmaker observed pro-Russian rebels' offensive on the town of Debaltseve and Kyiv's "chaotic" retreat during his visit to eastern Ukraine last week. More


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