"As an analyst in the field of international politics, I am struck by the fact that Washington, Brussels and the mass media they control has so quickly jumped to blame the leadership of the Russian government and President Putin personally for Nemtsov's murder. [They did so] without any facts or serious studies," Iliopoulos noted, speaking with RIA Novosti in an interview published Thursday.
"Logically-minded persons, and especially politicians and political analysts, understand that President Putin does not and could not have anything to do with the murder. Everyone with an understanding of Russian history and politics knows that Nemtsov was on the absolute periphery of Russian politics for at least the past 15 years. His countrymen had turned against him, and they had reason to do so," Iliopoulos noted, referring to Nemtsov's political association with 90s' era political forces (including President Boris Yeltsin, Viktor Chernomyrdin, Anatoly Chubais and Boris Berezovsky) which had brought Russia to the brink of total economic, social and political collapse.
"Nemtsov had links with foreign politicians; he visited former American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul in 2012. We know that Ambassador McFaul had a very specific task –to plan, coordinate and launch an 'orange revolution' type scenario, this time in Russia, according to the type found in Serbia, Georgia, Libya and so on, in order to overthrow the elected Russian leadership," the analyst noted.
Murder Could Be Used in Attempt to Destabilize Country
Iliopoulos noted that he is "deeply concerned about the ongoing efforts of the countries of the West –that is, the United States and the European Union, to destabilize Russia. I am concerned by the escalation of the psychological and anti-Orthodox war being carried out by the US and its European satellites against Russia under the guise of Nemtsov's mysterious and bloody murder."
"Let's ask again –who benefited from these developments?" Iliopoulos asked rhetorically. "It is clear that it is those forces in the West, which seek to inflict a political and psychological blow to Russian society and to cause an 'orange revolution' like the one in Maidan."
The expert also noted that he could not rule out that the murder may have been economically motivated: "I cannot exclude that Nemtsov may have been killed by his former associates, people connected to economic crimes and corruption, keeping in mind that he worked in banks and companies regularly involved in scandals."
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Ilias Iliopoulos is a lecturer at Greece's National Defense School, the country's highest defense educational institution, and a former analyst at the Greek Ministry of Defense. He is also the former Chair of the Political and Strategic Studies Department at the Baltic Defense College in Tartu, Estonia.
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