J. Paul Goode 03-04-2015
(The Monkey cage/WP) The problem moving forward – for analysts, opposition, patriots, and citizens – is not really explaining who assassinated Boris Nemtsov. Most people already have their own theories about the culprits, and the official investigation is unlikely to convince them otherwise. The real problem is explaining why. For Nemtsov’s supporters and admirers, the Kremlin’s brand of hateful, anti-opposition and “fifth column” propaganda serves as...
Andrey Makarychev 03-04-2015
On March 3, chairman of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee (and key Kremlin propagandist) Alexey Pushkov publicly admitted there are at least three scenarios for a “color revolution” in Russia - radicalization of the anti-Putin opposition, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's presidential ambitions, and economic destabilization in Russia. It was not the content of these options that startled me but the fact that Pushkov inserted them into Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 03-03-2015
(Problems of Post-Communism) Abstract: The crisis in Ukraine and its implications for European security have revived the significance of borders as a key element in conflicts between ussia and its neighbors. Guest Editor’s Introduction
Andrey Makarychev  Russia’s and Europe’s Borderlands
Between Sovereign Intervention and Security Management
Philipp Casula Paradiplomacy as a Capacity-Building Strategy
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PONARS Eurasia 03-03-2015
(Deutsche Welle) The US State Department's press release following the assassination of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Friday consisted of eight lines. In the document, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his shock and regret of the killing of the country's former deputy prime minister, characterized Nemtsov as striving for a "more democratic, prosperous, open Russia" and urged "Russian authorities to act expeditiously to...
Tomila Lankina 03-03-2015
(LSE Blogs) I first heard of Boris Nemtsov when I was a young Russian graduate student in America in the mid-1990s contemplating pursuing a PhD in Russian regional politics. For a new, post-Kremlinologist generation of political scientists, it was individuals like Nemtsov who made the study of Russian provincial politics fascinating and exciting. In the post-Soviet hyper-federalist Russia of the early Yeltsin years, sub-national regions quickly emerged as...
PONARS Eurasia 03-03-2015
(CSM) MOSCOW — If the track record is anything to go by, Russians may never find out who gunned down liberal activist Boris Nemtsov on a bridge beside the Kremlin last Friday, or why. Mr. Nemtsov, who served as deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, is by far the highest ranking official to meet such a fate. But he is only the latest of well over a dozen high-profile Russian politicians, human rights activists, and journalists who've been murdered...
Pavel K. Baev 03-03-2015
(EDM) The photograph that hit millions of computer and smartphone screens late Friday (February 27) night, Moscow time, has instantly become a clear-focused image of what Russia has become amidst the Ukraine war: The night-time photograph in question shows a joyfully decorated bridge leading to the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral and group of policemen standing hesitantly over a body, wrapped in a plastic sheet, lying on the pavement. The body was of Boris...
Andrey Makarychev 03-03-2015
Words kill. Discourses matter. Whoever physically triggered the gun that killed Boris Nemtsov, one of the most charismatic Russian opposition leaders in Moscow, his death on February 27th was definitely a result of Putin’s provocative invectives against “the fifth column”, “foreign agents”, “national traitors” and “enemies of the people”. The murder was politically prepared and justified before it happened in reality. At some point the boundary between...

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