‘Instead of a Maidan, the Donbas has come to Moscow’

Site of Boris Nemtsov's murder near the Kremlin

Site of Boris Nemtsov's murder near the Kremlin 

2015/02/28 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

The murder of Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin means that “instead of a Maidan,” against which Vladimir Putin has organized, “the Donbas has come” to Russia, a development that means “the little house of cards” that the Kremlin leader had been building has come crashing down, Kirill Martynov says.

In an article in today’s “Novaya gazeta,” the commentator argues that “the murder has become the most significant act of political terror in the modern history of Russia” because “now it is fated to become the symbol of that country which we have been building for the last 15 years.”

It is clear, Martynov says, that Nemtsov’s murder is “the continuation of that policy of hatred which has become the de facto standard in government mass media of Russia over the last year. ‘The fifth column’ and ‘national traitors’ must be punished, they have told us. And now this ‘punishment’ has occurred.”

“Regardless of who was the executioner, this blood is on the hands of all who wanted such ‘punishment,’ and who by their words and deeds brought it closer,” the “Novaya gazeta” commentator says.

A few hours before Nemtsov was killed, NTV reported that it was looking into the way in which the March 1 protest represented an effort by him and others to “prepare a Russian Maidan … Only instead of a ‘Maidan,’ the Donbas came to Moscow,” in the form of bullets in his back, “the last political argument in the Russian Federation.”

Over the last 15 years since Putin came to power, Martynov writes, “opposition figures have been attacked in the Internet” and on the streets and at their press conferences. Now, a line has been crossed, and they can be killed as well. And the Kremlin has created the conditions for this to happen.

In recent months, the commentator continues, “the state willingly and openly has shared its monopoly on physical force by closing its eyes to the actions of organizations like the ‘Anti-Maidan,’” and thus showing that “the government does not intend to guarantee the security of citizens with ‘incorrect’ political views.”

Until now, “there had been a quite severe prohibition against the murder of political opponents in Putin’s Russia,” Martynov says. But as of last night, those “prohibitions have fallen away,” and that represents “a point of no return and of the radical destabilization of the domestic situation in Russia.”

It is “impossible” just now to predict what the consequences of this will be. It is possible that the regime will use this murder as the occasion for a further crackdown against any independent action in society. There is a long tradition in Russia for doing exactly that, Martynov points out.

But it is also possible that there will be a new rise of opposition activity. After all, the “Novaya gazeta”commentator says, “we recognize at last just how high the stakes are.”

Edited by: A. N.

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  • ct

    The Russian people will suffer Putin´s cancer.

  • Jens A

    I am sure that Putin will find some guilty people of the murder of Nemtsov. Markin even stated, that it could be Muslim extremists who did it. I ask, how stupid do they think we are? The really guilty one, directly or indirectly, lives in the Kremlin!

    Unfortunately, if this goes unpunished for the really guilty one, this will not be the first time in Russian history. As for the statistics of finding the really murderers in Putin’s Russia, chances are low or even next to nothing. Still, we know who is to blame!

    Let him be punished as deserved! If not by court, then by revolution!

  • Gabriel Hermelin

    What a great opportunity for Putler to blame the opposition for the murder. Kill one and have a few more locked up.

    • puttypants

      Putin and his Russia has become the evil empire. Isis isn’t the most dangerous the west uses them as an excuse not to deal with the real dangerPUTIN…

  • Milton Devonair

    List of journalists killed in russia since they collapsed into present form:

    Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, Novoye Delo, Mikhail Beketov, Khimkinskaya Pravda, Kazbek Gekkiyev, VGTRK Gadzhimurad Kamalov, Chernovik Abdulmalik Akhmedilov, Hakikat and Sogratl Natalya Estemirova, Novaya Gazeta, Kavkazsky Uzel Anastasiya
    Baburova, Novaya Gazeta Telman (Abdulla) Alishayev, TV-Chirkei Magomed Yevloyev, Ingushetiya Ivan Safronov, Kommersant Maksim Maksimov, Gorod Anna Politkovskaya, Novaya Gazeta Vagif Kochetkov, Trud and Tulsky Molodoi Kommunar Magomedzagid
    Varisov, Novoye Delo Pavel Makeev, Puls Paul Klebnikov, Forbes Russia Adlan Khasanov, Reuters Aleksei Sidorov, Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye Yuri Shchekochikhin, Novaya Gazeta Roddy Scott, Frontline Valery Ivanov, Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye Natalya Skryl, Nashe Vremya Eduard Markevich, Novy Reft Igor Domnikov, Novaya Gazeta Aleksandr
    Yefremov, Nashe Vremya Vladimir Yatsina, ITAR-TASS Shamil Gigayev, Nokh Cho TV Ramzan Mezhidov, TV Tsentr Supian Ependiyev, Groznensky Rabochy Anatoly Levin-Utkin, Yurichichesky Peterburg Segodnya Larisa Yudina, Sovietskaya Kalmykia Segodnya Ramzan Khadzhiev, Russian Public TV (ORT) Viktor Mikhailov, Zabaikalsky Rabochy Nina
    Yefimova, Vozrozhdeniye Nadezhda Chaikova, Obshchaya Gazeta Viktor Pimenov, Vaynakh Television Felix Solovyov, freelance Vadim Alferyev, Segodnyashnyaya Gazeta Shamkhan Kagirov, Rossiskaya Gazeta and Vozrozheniye Natalya Alyakina, Focus and RUFA Farkhad Kerimov, Associated Press TV Vladislav Listyev, Russian Public Television (OTR) Viatcheslav Rudnev, Freelancer Jochen Piest, Stern Vladimir Zhitarenko, Krasnaya Zvezda Cynthia Elbaum, Freelancer Dmitry Kholodov, Mosckovski Komsomolets Yuri Soltis, Interfax Aleksandr Smirnov, Molodyozhny Kuryer Aleksandr Sidelnikov, Lennauchfilm Studio Sergei Krasilnikov, Ostankino Television Company Yvan
    Scopan, TF-1 Television Company Vladimir Drobyshev, Nature and Man Igor Belozyorov, Ostankino State Broadcasting Company Rory Peck, ARD Television Company Dmitry Krikoryants, Expresskhronika Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, Korruptsiya i Prestupnost Shafig Amrakhov, RIA 51 Ilyas Shurpayev, Channel One Gadzhi Abashilov, Dagestan Vyacheslav
    Ifanov, Novoye Televideniye Aleiska Yevgeny Gerasimenko, Saratovsky Rasklad Ilya Zimin, NTV Dmitry Shvets, TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting Sergei Kalinovsky, Moskovsky Komsomolets Adam Tepsurgayev, Reuters Sergey Ivanov, Lada-TV Iskandar Khatloni, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Sergey Novikov, Radio Vesna Vadim Rudenko, ORT Valentina Neverova, Pravo Ivan Fedyunin, Bryanskie Izvestia Valery Krivosheyev, komsomolskaya Pravda Oleg Slabynko, Russian Television Channel 2 Andrew Shumack, Freelancer Sergei Ivanov, Nevskoye Vremya Maxim Chabalin, Nevskoye Vremya Felix Titov, Nevskoye Vremya Andrei Aizderdzis, Who’s Who Sergei Dubov, Vsyo Dlya Vas, International and Moscow Business Week

  • puttypants

    Putin is responsible for this murder and his supporters but mostly Putin.

  • Dirk Smith

    State Terrorist.

  • Stephen Wright

    Trolls have been incredibly quiet, probably been told to lie low until it cools downs a bit.