Mark Galeotti of New York University, an expert on security and crime in Russia, has brought out several considerations bearing on assumtions regarding the circumstances of Boris Nemtsov’s murder in Moscow near the Kremlin.
While Galeotti seems to devote more attention to factors that exonerate Putin and Russian security officials from responsibility for Nemtsov’s assassination than he does to exploring the possibilities of Putin’s involvement or ordering of the murder, he does raise considerations about what we know and don’t know that merit attention.
A number of his arguments rest on further assumptions, the accuracy of which should be investigated but which, in Putin’s Russia, we may never be able to know for sure.
Mark Galeotti, “Known Knowns and the Nemtsov Murder,” In Moscow’s Shadows: Analysis and Assessment of Russian Crime and Security, March 4, 2015.
The Trenchant Observer