U.S. media is quick to blame Putin for the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
But Itina Khakamada - a top ally of Nemtsov in the opposition - said the killing was "clearly not in Putin's interest. It's aimed at rocking the situation."
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agrees.
Even the U.S. government's Voice of America states - in an article entitled "Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?" - that Putin loses much more than he gains by the assassination: