There are a lot of theories and finger pointing going on about who killed Boris Nemtsov right now. I’ve mentioned some of them in previous posts (my favorite may still be Peskov’s ‘the ultras’), and you can find more in the link below.
In the above list, the one that caught my eye was Ilya Ponomarev’s allegation that the Kremlin would end up pointing the finger at a colleague Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
My personal bet is that it will be somebody next to Khodorkovsky whom Kremlin really fears.
When I read that, the first name that came to mind was Platon Lebedev, who is still trapped in Moscow due to the government’s refusal to grant him a passport so he can leave the country (their excuse is that he is liable for Yukos’ alleged ~$276 million tax debt).
Lebedev recently gave a press conference in Moscow, where he said he would not attend today’s protest. However, he apparently changed his mind because he was spotted by a journalist today:
It will be interesting to see who the Kremlin ends up blaming. There is an element of personal vendetta that will go along with it, because that is how the Putin regime reacts to events. In the end, the truth may never be known. It has been more than 8 years since journalist Anya Politkovskaya was murdered in her apartment building, and the individual who allegedly ordered the hit has still not been brought to justice.