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LaRouche Says the Murder of Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov "Smells Like Nuland"

March 1, 2015

Former Russian "young reformer" and current opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night as he walked across the Bolshoy Zamoskvoretsky Bridge, adjacent to Red Square in Moscow. Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee, said that Nemtsov was hit numerous times by shots fired by a gunman or gunmen who escaped by car, and he died at the scene before emergency medical services arrived. Markin also stated that "the investigation is looking at several versions" as to who was responsible.

Western press headlines immediately declared Russian President Vladimir Putin's responsibility for the assassination. Presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said:

"Vladimir Putin noted that this cruel murder has all the signs of being a contract killing, and is absolutely provocational in nature."

Lyndon LaRouche stated today:

"The idea that he [nemtsov] was assassinated by Putin, in Putin's interest, is crazy... Who would have the motive, to have shot this guy, in Russia? Victoria Nuland,"

LaRouche added that the question must be asked whether or not Nuland

"was part of the team that organized the assassination of this guy. It sounds like Nuland. To me, it smells like Nuland... She's on the list of the suspected criminals, for this case, as for other cases."

Nuland, who is Obama's Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is widely recognized as the architect of the 2014 coup d'etat in Ukraine, as well as the sponsor of the neo-nazi organizations which led that coup. Just this past week, Nuland was meeting in Washington with Andriy Parubiy, who led the fascist militias during the Euromaidan coup, and is now the deputy speaker of the Ukraine Supreme Rada. Nuland and Parubiy are promoting the policy of the U.S. sending lethal weapons to the Kiev government, which would throw oil on the fire in the region and likely unleash a broader conflict with Russia.

As LaRouche and his associates have thoroughly documented, Nuland, Obama and their British sponsors are hell-bent on bringing a "Maidan revolution" to Russia as well, orchestrating regime change to topple the Putin government, and have even activated a policy of threatened tactical nuclear warfare against Russia — and China — to force them to submit to the crumbling trans-Atlantic financial empire. That submission will not happen, however, as the Russian leadership has repeatedly made clear.

More broadly, Obama and the British are frantic to stop the emerging alternative to their bankrupt trans-Atlantic financial system, which is taking shape around the newly established "new paradigm" of global development established by the BRICS nations, under the leadership of China and Russia. That BRICS process now includes nations such as Argentina, Egypt, and increasingly Greece. Obama and his City of London and Wall Street sponsors have repeatedly deployed murders and terrorist acts to target these nations, along with open military and financial warfare aimed at regime change.

For example, in Argentina, where President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a leading collaborator of the BRICS, is being threatened with regime change orchestrated by the New York and London vulture funds, federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was "suicided" on Jan. 18, the day before he was to announce the release of a dossier supposedly proving Cristina's guilt in covering up for Iran in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Cristina was immediately blamed as the architect of Nisman's death, in much of the international media. But on Feb. 26, the judge overseeing the bombing case, after reviewing Nisman's so-called "evidence," threw the case out and declared that "there is not a single element of evidence, not even circumstantial, which implicates the current head of State."

In BRICS-member Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff is also the target of a major destabilization and financial warfare, revolving around charges of corruption of the state oil company Petrobras. A national mobilization in defense of Brazil and in opposition to that operation has been launched, with leaders such as former Science and Technology Minister Roberto Amaral denouncing that "the coup is already underway."

Another recent case of unfounded charges being leveled against Putin and the Russian government, was the case of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Obama and London immediately blamed Putin, with no evidence whatsoever. In fact, the U.S. has refused to release satellite or AWAC surveillance videos of the incident, or other relevant evidence. This was used to browbeat a reluctant Europe into joining in sanctions and related financial warfare against Russia, and to escalate the military confrontation.

Now, the timely murder of Nemtsov indicates that Obama and the British are moving to massively escalate the confrontation with Russia up to the threshold of thermonuclear war.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Nemtsov Murder Investigated as 'Provocation' against Russia

An array of political figures, inside and outside Russia, called Friday night's gangland-style killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow a political provocation, staged against President Vladimir Putin and Russia as a whole. Nizhny Novgorod governor and deputy prime minister in the 1990s, and more recently a liberal non-parliamentary opposition figure, Nemtsov was shot as he walked home with a companion across a central Moscow bridge, shortly before midnight. The shooter or shooters escaped by car. The Anglo-American press was joined by leaders of the Kiev regime in immediately blaming Putin.

On Saturday the Kremlin announced Putin's order to the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Federal Security Service (FSB), and Russian Investigative Committee to take personal charge of the investigation. Putin said that

"President stated that this cruel murder has all the markings of a contract crime and is absolutely provocational in nature."

Later, Putin's condolence message to Nemtsov's mother was released.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin announced that several possibilities are being investigated:

"First of all, of course, there is the possibility that this murder may have been a provocation to destabilize the situation in the country. The version that the murder might be connected with an Islamic extremist track is also being thoroughly analyzed. This is because of information received, that Nemtsov had been threatened in connection with his position on the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo editorial offices in Paris. In addition, the version connected with internal Ukrainian events will be, and already is being checked. It is no secret that there are radical individuals, answering to no authorities, on both sides in that conflict. Of course, we also do not exclude other versions, connected with Nemtsov's business activity, personal hatred of him, or several other daily-life versions."

Responses to the murder, warning of "provocation," included the following.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachov:

"The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilize it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition. Just who did this is hard to say, let's not jump to any conclusions right now and give the investigators time to sort this all out." (Sputnik News)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov:

"With all due respect to the memory of Boris Nemtsov, he was no political threat to the current leadership of Russia or Vladimir Putin. Compared with the popularity of Putin, or the government as a whole, Boris Nemtsov's was hardly greater than that of the average citizen."

Noting Nemtsov's opposition to Putin's policies, however, Peskov said that the murder could well have been a provocation

"in the context of the very emotional, loaded situation around the events in Ukraine. Obviously Boris Nemtsov was an opposition figure, with rather close contacts with various people in Kiev, and he often visited there; it's no secret, everybody knows that." (RIA Novosti, Kommersant-FM)

Irina Khakamada, former colleague of Nemtsov in the Union of Right Forces;

"This murder is a cruel act of aggression.... I believe that this could only have been done by either groups who do political provocations, or some kind of 'Black Hundred' gang of very limited people who believe that all is permitted." (Channel One Russia)

Vitali Tretyakov, renowned editor and media specialist:

"If someone kills an opposition politician, the first thing that is done is to blame the government of the country where it happened, .... as the pretext for a broader campaign against that country. It's such a typical operating procedure, that I'm sure it will be the same in this case." (Channel One Russia)

Paul Craig Roberts, formerly of the Treasury Department and the Hoover Institution:

"Nemtsov's death will likely be blamed on Putin. The Western media will repeat endlessly, with no evidence, that Putin had his critic killed. I can tell you one thing, and that is that Putin is much too smart to play into Washington's hands in this way. Moreover, Nemtsov, although a loud mouth, had no impact on Putin's 85% approval rating. Nemtsov's support resided in the Washington-funded NGOs in Russia." (paulcraigroberts.org)

Anglo-American press coverage was typified by the New York Times headline, "Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead in Shadow of Kremlin."

In Ukraine, where Nemtsov a decade ago was an adviser to Orange Revolution President Victor Yushchenko, the current, post-coup President Petro Poroshenko Saturday declared that Nemtsov was killed because

"he was preparing to reveal convincing proof of the participation of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine," Zerkalo Nedeli reported.


Putin Warned in 2012 of "Sacrificial Lamb" Assassination Like Nemtsov's

On Feb. 29, 2012, at the height of the attempted White Revolution destabilization of Russia, and days before the country's Presidential election, then-Presidential candidate and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned that a scenario had been reported for assassinating a well-known opposition figure and blaming it on the Kremlin. What Putin said then, closely matches the murder of former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, an extra-parliamentary opposition leader, on the night of Feb. 27, 2015.

The following is an edited excerpt of the EIRNS dispatch of March 2, 2012:

"Russian Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has continued a busy schedule of activity throughout this week's run-up to Sunday's vote, including stern statements about the strategic situation in an interview with foreign editors and a warning on Feb. 29 against possible drastic provocations around the election.

"During a Feb. 29 campaign meeting with leaders of the Russian National Front, Putin responded to a question by a professor from the North Caucasus about the presence of provocateurs among those attending mass rallies. He said, 'Concerning provocations at rallies, and so forth, I have talked about this. I hope nobody will go that far, and things will remain within what is allowed under the Constitution, so that provocations against law enforcement won't achieve their goal. The people you mentioned really want some kind of clashes; they are pushing for that, and are even prepared to sacrifice somebody and blame the authorities. I know this method and these tactics. For a decade there have been attempts to use them, especially abroad. This is true, and I know about it. They are even looking for a so-called sacrificial lamb, somebody famous. They would off him — excuse me for the expression — and then blame the authorities. People over there are capable of anything. I'm not exaggerating. I hope that those who sincerely want to see improvements in the situation in the country and are exercising their right to criticize and demonstrate, will not fall for this, but everybody should be aware of it.'"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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