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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Could Unpaid Traffic Tickets Destroy The Kremlin’s Nemtsov Murder Narrative?

Western leaders do not want to recognize what Putin and his regime are capable of. Scholars John Dunlop and Karen Dawisha have chronicled evidence that the FSB, the state internal security service, was behind the 1999 apartment bombings that killed almost 400 Russians and helped bring Putin to power. English justice will probably conclude that the Kremlin ordered the “nuclear poisoning” of defector Alexander Litvinenko in London, and then sheltered his assassin with parliamentary immunity.

Do not Merkel and Obama realize they are conceding Putin’s defense. By declaring Putin’s Kremlin responsible for finding the murderers, they are ruling out the possibility that the Kremlin itself ordered the hit.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Perry Mason Moment in the Nemtsov Murder

According to leaks from the Nemtsov murder investigation, the Chechen killers were given a ZAZ Chance as a surveillance and getaway car. The Kremlin investigation, it appears, will settle on the charge that the Chechen 5 killed Nemtsov on their own out of anger over his rebuke of the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 10.

A Russian newspaper published traffic camera photos of the alleged assassins in the ZAZ Chance already back in September, well before the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Moskovsky Komsomolets published (already on March 10) traffic photos of the getaway car, some in the vicinity of Nemtsov’s apartment. The image of the chief assassin, Zaur Dadaev, appears visible on the left passenger side. The photos date to September. I quote from the article (for photos of the car, see below):

“What is this – a coincidence? If we allow that the suspects already were following the politician (Nemtsov), the fundamental motive disappears. At that time, there had been no shooting in the offices of Charlie Hebdo; there were no remarks by Nemtsov, which would have incited Muslims. That means there was nothing to kill him for – at least according to the logic of Zaur Dadaev. We should also notice the carelessness of the gangsters. They did not once bother to pay parking fees. This infraction plus frequent speeding tickets – on the car added up to 12,000 rubles. Who is going to pay? So far, we do not know.

the future assassins in the surveillance car

Image of cheif assassin on left side

Ad for ZAZ Chance

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Kremlin's New 'New' Version Of The Nemtsov Murder

Let’s see if the Kremlin can keep its story straight. The March 16 Interfax story insists that the Chechen 5 planned and carried out the murder on their own. No need to look for higher ups, just the lowly Chechen thugs in Lefortovo prison.  Although these men belong to Kadyrov’s Chechen gang, he had nothing to do with the murder. It looks like Kadyrov carried this round.
Tomorrow is another day and perhaps another round. Maybe it will bring with it yet a fourth version of the Nemtsov murder. If the Kremlin wants to achieve maximum confusion, it has done so.
One thing is certain. The Kremlin propaganda machine will charge ahead with its version of alternate reality irrespective of what investigators say. Putin’s trolls have purportedly been instructed to write that Ukraine is behind the Nemtsov murder, no matter what prosecutors or judges decide. This will remain the narrative of the Nemtsov murder just like the fable that a Ukrainian fighter shot down Malaysian Flight 17.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

More of Best of #Putinumer

Putin converses with his idol

Moscow reacts to news of Putin's death

Roboputin cannot die

Woman: I want to hear the three words from you. Man: Validimir Putin died
Why all the fuss. Vladimir Putin has appeared at a press conference. Just see the photo. (They are running out of Putin's doubles)

The reincarnated Putin
Add Merkel to the suspect list?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Best of #Putinumer (#Putindead)

The #Putinumer (#Putindead) hashtag has been sweeping the Russian internet. Under Stalin, there was a lively underground joke and satire literature that the Russian people created, despite the danger of doing so. Rumors of Putin's demise have unleashed a torrent of jokes, ditties, and photo shopped images, which seem to contradict the high Putin "ratings" that are the anchor of his rule.

Among the most popular sites is The Putinumer song sung by the “Putin Duet” twosome.

For those who can understand Russian, here it is:

Comments on the Russian internet that  caught my fancy:


Yes. Putin died to divert attention from the Nemtsov killing.


No. It would not have been useful for him. (A play on the argument that the killing of Nemtsov was not “useful” to Putin).


No. The people are not yet dancing in the streets.


Yes, he died of an overdose of Botox.

Here are some photos from the #Putinumer site:

Doctor: We have brought him for the Kremlin-Show

Mededvedev selfie at Putin's bedside
Putin has already died once and was replaced. The Kremlin has searched nine days for a new Putin look-alike

A shocking photo of the deceased Putin

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rumors Fly in Moscow: Coup of Generals, Putin Stroke, FSB Against Chchenya's Kadyrov

Vladimir Putin has not been seen publicly since March 5. Pictures of him meeting with women on the March 8 Women's Day were apparently taken earlier. Putin has cancelled key meetings, while his press secretary rejects rumors of ill health (including a leak from an elite clinic that Putin suffered a stroke). In the meantime, the narrative of the Nemtsov assassination continues to unravel as the presumed Chechen assassins complain to two human rights activists that they were tortured into confessing and they expressed fear that they would be murdered like the so-called sixth conspirator. (Who let the human rights activists into the special Lefortovo prison where the suspects are being held?) Special communications helicopters of the presidential administration have been seen landing at the FSB Lubyanka headquarters and at the Kremlin. Respectable newspapers speak of an open rift between the brutal leaders of Chechnya (Kadyrov) and the Russian FSB (Federal security service).

At a minimum, the Russian leadership is going through a period of confusion and uncertainty. We will know soon if it is as serious as the rumor mil suggests.