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KabukiloverMar. 02, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
At least something has changed since the Soviet days. Mass marches like this would have been unthinkable back then.
Putin's popularity today can be blamed on sanctions. Take them away and the domestic grievances against Putin that Nentsov pursued will come to the forefront.
Interestingly the U.S. has backed off blaming Putin for the murder.
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KabukiloverMar. 02, 2015 - 02:18AM JST
Blast, another typo: "...It is likely most people outside Russia and Eastern Europe knew who Nemtsov was until he was assassinated" should read, "...It is likely most people outside Russia and Eastern Europe **did not know **who Nemtsov was until he was assassinated.
The MSM is trying to pin this murder on Putin, quoting various "experts" who are digging into Putin's alleged temperament to prove he is behind the assassination. This is pure opportunism and pure hysteria mongering.
I simply cannot believe that Putin would arrange for an assassination at a time like this. There is no practical need to kill Nemtsov, when Putin's popularity as at an all time high in Russia and at an all time low in the West.
Wherever Putin is, he is not a madman. He is shrewd and he is rational like a chess player.
Crimea was calculated. He knew he would have support from the Russian majority there when Russia annexed its former territory. He may not have anticipated the intense reaction from the West. Or maybe he thought it worth the gamble to save the Black Sea Fleet. (And remember a dangerous flashpoint was the open rebellion that was brewing there.) He did not mount a full scale (American style) invasion of East Ukraine even though the rebels were saying, "Putin come." What Putin's involvement in East Ukraine now is open to question. But he is not invading the place.
Putin help broker a truce in East Ukraine. He sat down with Poroshenko, looked him in the face and shook his hand (I suppose) even though Poroshenko publicly attacked him. (Poroshenko, true to form is now accusing Putin of murdering Nemtsov who somehow knew more about Putin and Ukraine than anyone.)
Putin has been very careful in dealing with sanctions against Russia. He could have been really nasty and closed on Russian air space to Western airlines (going back to the way in way in Soviet times). He hasn't done that. He could be very nasty to Ukraine about paying bills but he going fairly softly on that (unlike Merkel with Greece).
A political assassination Putin did not need. He could simply put Nemtsov in prison as he has done with other dissidents. (I am not a Putin fan.) Stalin's philosophy of political murder was simple: no man no problem. Here we have no man and very big problem.
I do not by the sacrificial lamb stuff either. Russia's dissidents are essentially non-violent. Killing their own leader would be out of character. Likewise, I cannot see Obama or the CIA deliberately killing a dissident who could be useful to them.
I suggested that the culprits could be misguided patriots. We have lots of examples of that the world over. I am now thinking organized crime could be behind it. Maybe radical Islamists because of Nemtsov's "Charlie Hebdo statements. Maybe an a political opportunist hired some thugs for whatever reason.
The mystery could well solve itself. After an assassination it is common for some group or individual to issue a statement claiming responsibility and issuing a manifesto or some other declaration. This is why assassination has been called "propaganda of the deed."
Meanwhile, what sticks in my mind is why did the killers not kill the girl. I doubt she is mixed up in the killing. I do hope she has the sense to get herself out of Russia, given the raw nerves of the place.
Even if it turns out that Putin was not involved in the assassination the West will still blame him. I'm reading it now: Putin created the atmosphere for the murder to happen. The sanctions against Russia that have made Russian truly hate the US for the firs time in history are, of course, totally blameless.
If the US and NATO truly want to get rid of Putin here is how to do it. Drop the sanctions and walk away from Crimea, East Ukraine and Poroshenko's Ukraine. Let Russia and Ukraine solve their problems and let Poroshenko solve Kiev's problems with the now lost eastern states. Let everything return to normal in Russia. Then people will start to find faults with Putin and the way he has been running Russia.
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KabukiloverMar. 01, 2015 - 08:24PM JST
Let us wait and see what develops. I'm putting all conspiracy theories on the back burner. Including "It's Putin's fault."
According the investigators this was a well planned assassination. Bullets from different factories for instance.
We can rule out moral outrage about the man having a 23-year-old girlfriend. They did not kill her.
That the killers did not kill the girl suggests that what Nemtsov knew or claimed he knew was not the main issue. They would have killed her for good measure.
Why was the girl spared?
The simplest theory I can come up with for the assassination is misplaced patriotism. Headstrong lads probably with military training, who wanted to kill someone they saw as unpatriotic. Being lads, they could not bring themselves to kill a pretty girl. This is a perfectly bland conspiracy theory. I don't insist on it.
Here is one interesting side note. The West has paid scant attention to dissidents in Russia, which is quite different from the old Soviet days when they were published and publicized lavishly. It is likely most people outside Russia and Eastern Europe knew who Nemtsov was until he was assassinated.
KabukiloverMar. 01, 2015 - 12:20PM JST
Yes. I took appropriate actions. Eventually I won. I prefer to spare you the details.
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KabukiloverMar. 01, 2015 - 01:26AM JST
Interesting story hameln but not to the point.
Russia is corrupt. We know that. Putin acts like a dictator. We know that. But that is of little use with regard to this murder. It is very possible the Russian mafia did this. Nemtsov was going to reveal specific facts about corruption with regard to Sochi. But again: speculation. It is okay to speculate. It is not okay to present speculation as fact. Russian investigators are saying this was a well-planned murder. But who and why remain unanswered questions at this writing.
We shall see what happens. Putin promised Nemtsov's mother that the murders would brought to justice. Russian mothers are not to be played with.
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KabukiloverMar. 01, 2015 - 12:17AM JST
Correction: "....bad [not back] for Russia. The typo demons are having a riot with me today.
Asakaze, I am not that well up on Russian politics to say whether Nemtsov was a spent shell or not. It should be obvious to even the most distant observer that Ukraine and sanctions changed everything. Russians feel they are isolated and under attack and are therefore rallying around their leader. Putin's popularity is at an all time high. There is more Russian anger directed against the US now than any time during the Cold War. Some of that popular anger inevitably must be directed (or misdirected) against dissidents.
Again, my guess is that this was a kitchen table conspiracy concocted by political outsiders. Putin would not be so stupid as hire assassins to kill Nemtsov. I doubt anyone in his inner circle would find it useful to themselves to kill off Nemtsov.
Anyway, I am only guessing. One thing is certain. This assassination is absolutely no good for Russia's PR.
KabukiloverFeb. 28, 2015 - 08:04PM JST
Correction to last sentence in above "...would NOT be bothering with this forum.
For once I am in agreement with SuperLib (more or less). Putin, whatever he is, would probably not want to risk looking bad with a political murder. That Nemtsov was murdered makes Russia look back regardless of who the culprits are.
KabukiloverFeb. 28, 2015 - 07:51PM JST
I do not know who won because as Casey Stengel said, "It ain't over until it's over." It is far from over. What ought to be cause for a modicum of jubilation is that peace of sorts has arrived to the land like an early spring. You can thank France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia for that, but not the US. Let us hope it will hold and some rational dialogue about the fate of East Ukraine will come about.
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KabukiloverFeb. 28, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
For the ignorant posters who are mixing speculation with fact I have only one question: How do you know?
And I have an answer to that: You don't know.
You obviously do not have access to inside information or you would be giving us details instead of cliches and cocktail hour chat.
I have no idea who killed Nemtsov. I think his death is a tragic loss for Russian democracy, such as it is. I do not think Putin is behind this because of two reasons. One is his popularity. He had nothing to fear from Nemtsov. The second is that his murder makes Russia and, therefore, him look bad.
Who could have killed Nemtsov? This is pure speculation. I think it was someone outside the Kremlin's political loop. Inside the loop there would be little to fear of Nemtsov. He was organizing antiwar protests when Russia was officially not at war. No Russian mothers would be out there insisting on saving their sons from military service, unlike Ukrainian mothers. Inside the loop you would know less extreme measures to control dissent.
Outside the loop you would be feeling only anger against presumed traitors and helpless in stopping them. This would include a large number of the population. Today the majority of Russians hate the United States, probably more than ever had those negative view during the worst of the Cold War. That in my speculative view is where you should look for the murderers.
Putin has more to fear from insiders than outsiders like Nemtsov.
Having said all this, my conclusion is I do not know who did it. If I did I would be bothering with this forum.
KabukiloverFeb. 28, 2015 - 12:28AM JST
A lot of those arms will fall into the hands of the fascist militias. They are already out of Kiev's control. They will ultimately set their sights not on Moscow but Kiev.
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KabukiloverFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:08PM JST
This proves nationalism is reactionary. In the old idealistic days the People's Republic would have vow to create better wash toilets. The would have called it the Great Squat Forward. Imagine the parades.
But today reactionary counter revolutionary nationalist ideology falsely labels to wash toilet a luxury. Nothing is futher from the truth. The wash toilet apparatus can be retrofitted to most western flush toilets. Any working class person can theorically own one.
The wash toilet saves on toilet paper and, therefore, pipes. They also ease difficult evacuations.
China would be a happier country with the wash toilet. And it would be flushed with patriotic pride.
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KabukiloverFeb. 27, 2015 - 05:50PM JST
Classical. Jazz. Beatles. Folk. Movie scores, oddly enough, providing people are Into old movies 100 years from now.
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KabukiloverFeb. 27, 2015 - 09:01AM JST
How about just telling the truth.
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KabukiloverFeb. 27, 2015 - 01:16AM JST
Let us look at political insanity in the face.
But first the sanity. The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine sat down together and worked out a truce that seems to be holding, more rather than less. What is US doing in response? Threatening Russia. Considering sending weapons to Ukraine. In short undoing whatever fragile peace exists now in Eastern Ukraine. This nuts. Bad for everyone, including the US, which already has too many enemies.
Yes, a lot of those arms will likely end up in the hands of rebels. Worse, they will end up in the hands of the quasi-private fascist militias that are funded by oligarchs and have been accused of robbery, torture and murder by Amnesty International. These militias may well take their fight to Kiev, and that will be a mess.
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KabukiloverFeb. 27, 2015 - 12:31AM JST
This was in fact a brave legislative act. It does not of course mean the legislators are for adultery but it leaves them open to unfair attacks. This is not a chance my politicians are willing to take. brace yourselves. Adultery is a crime in 22 US states. In most adultery is a misdemeanor, in Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin it is a felony. Adultery is seldom if ever prosecuted. If it were, a large portion of the populations of those states would be paying fines or serving time.
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KabukiloverFeb. 23, 2015 - 07:01PM JST
The Prince is a prince! If you rightwing scumbags really do support to Emperor System listen to the Prince. I never thought I'd be saying this. Thank heavens for an Enlightened Heir Apparent to the Throne. It may be that the most powerful check on the war hunger and lying Abe crowd is going to be the Emperor System.
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KabukiloverFeb. 23, 2015 - 03:26PM JST
Japan's military engagement anywhere will put this nation as risk of being bombed. If someone tells Abe it could disrupt his golf game he might think twice.
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KabukiloverFeb. 23, 2015 - 07:13AM JST
Welcome to the LDP warfare state. The unconstutional warfare state. Abe may well get us all fried.
KabukiloverFeb. 22, 2015 - 09:31PM JST
The problem with a lot of language schools is that they are black companies that exploit and cheat their foreign staff. That is one thing. Another thing is that a lot of language schools care more about how their foreign teachers look. Blond hair and blue eye beat doctorates. Those are two big reasons language schools are looked down upon. Whether they do a worse job in teaching English than secondary schools and universities is another matter.
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KabukiloverFeb. 22, 2015 - 10:01AM JST
Sure I can blame Merkel for the suicides and poverty in Greece. She is demanding the EU'S pound of flesh without regard to the chaos it is causing within Greek society. It is that simple. Also, the people who are suffering are not the people who got Greece into this mess. Those people are rich and powerful still.
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Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:56AM JST
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