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MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Last weekend’s murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, which brought about a shell-shock effect in the already highly-charged media space between Russia and the West, should by no means be used as pretext for anti-Russian demarches, polled experts told TASS.
Western media response to the news that Boris Nemtsov, opposition figurehead and member of a regional legislature, was gunned down during a late-night stroll in the center of Moscow, instantly developed an unreasonabe conviction bias against the Russian authorities, precisely the way it happened in last summer’s Malaysian Airlines MH17 affair.
Although the loss of human life in these two incidents is incomparable, the tonality of accusations is the same: high-handed, admitting of no objections or arguments. Last month, before Nemtsov’s murder, prominent Russian political scientist and member of the Council of Wise Men at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Sergey Karaganov predicted that escalation of Russia-West tensions might follow as a result of another "black swan event" - an unforeseen disaster or provocation. As it has now turned out, the "black swan" was already on its way.
The people of Moscow responded to the challenge with mournful dignity and civic courage: An estimated 21,000 to 50,000 turned up for a street procession near the Kremlin to remember Nemtsov. The banner in front of the march read "Those Bullets Hit Each of Us." All federal TV channels, leading radio stations and Monday’s dailies are unanimous that the modern world has plunged into the quicksand of intolerance, a favorable environment for wars and crime.
President of the National Strategy Institute Mikhail Remizov is certain the authorities had not the slightest reason to wish the opposition politician’s death. "True, Nemtsov was an outspoken critic of the authorities, but at the same time in the out-of-parliament opposition camp he was the easiest negotiator to deal with. His fellow politicians had often reproached him for what they described as his collaborationist strategy in relations with the authorities. He did not constitute any threat to the Kremlin at all," Remizov said.
"The most often mentioned suspicion behind Nemtsov’s murder is that of a political provocation staged in an attempt to destabilize the situation in the country. Hence the logical outcome: the current authorities could not have been a beneficiary of Nemtsov’s death under any circumstance. In general, it is against morality to use the death of a high-profile personality for anti-Russian rhetoric," remarked Remizov.
Next, an opinion from a member of Russia’s legislative branch of power, deputy chairman of the upper house of parliament Federation Council International Affairs committee Andrey Klimov.
"Russian society has seen a tragedy of the same kind and scale the United States experienced when JFK died on a Friday afternoon, and the still-unsolved killing of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme," said Klimov. "Regrettably, this is a cruel world and such crimes do happen now and then. But using the death of an opposition figure for attaining political aims is blasphemous, to say the least."
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