“This provocation will be used for attempts to increase Western hostility against Russia and even to motivate further serious sanctions. I for sure have the feeling that the murder of Nemtsov is a direct consequence of the Minsk ceasefire agreement and its apparent success,” political analyst Jon Hellevig told Sputnik.
Hellevig added that a provocative killing was obviously needed “to fuel the flames”, suggesting that the killing could be a false flag operation of some Western special task forces.
“Of course, I cannot know for sure at this point, but the murder clearly bears all the hallmarks of such a staged murder complete with a careful choice of the scene of the crime on a bridge with the Kremlin, the Red Square and St. Basil’s cathedral – the symbols of Russia – in the background,” Hellevig added.
“One can't help but think that Nemtsov has been knocked off by those looking to cause instability in Russia and overthrow [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. Nemtsov while being opposition was not in anyway popular with the Russian public, nor was he a threat to Putin,” the analyst concluded.
Mitch Feierstein, hedge-fund manager and chief executive of the Glacier Environmental Fund Limited, agreed that Nemtsov’s murder could be a pretext to accuse the Russian president of some links to the killing.
“This cold-blooded murder opens the door for conspiracy theorists and media propagandists to summarily convict Putin, the West’s “boogeyman,” without any facts, evidence or a trial,” Feierstein told Sputnik.
Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who served as Russian deputy prime minister and energy minister under the country's former President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, was shot at several times on Friday night from a bypassing car.
After the deadly shooting, a number of Western leaders, including US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their condolences over the tragedy and urged prompt and impartial investigation into the case.
On Saturday, Russian investigators said that murder may have possible links to current events in Ukraine, Nemtsov's business activity and his stance on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
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