from NEO Website
Martyrdom on demand: if not of use alive, perhaps of use dead?
US-backed opposition groups in Russia have so far failed utterly to produce results.
Their transparent subservience to Washington coupled with their distasteful brand of politics has left a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth of most Russians. Each attempt to spread the "virus" of color revolution to Moscow, as US Senator John McCain called it, has failed - and each attempt has fallen progressively flatter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has never been more popular.
His ability to weather serial provocations aimed at Russia by NATO has made him a champion against the perceived growing injustice exacted against the developing world by an increasingly militaristic and exploitative West.
So when US-backed opposition groups in Russia decided to gather again this coming March 1, Sunday, many wondered just exactly what they expected to accomplish.
Bloomberg just a day ago, would report in an article titled, "Anti-Putin Opposition Looks to Russian Spring for Revival," that:
The article however, also stated that:
Clearly to match the expectations the "spring" rally was meant to have, to infuse the "virus" US Senator McCain had claimed was intended for Moscow, something drastic would have to be done to change the current calculus.
The prospect of triggering sustainable unrest aimed at the Kremlin was beyond impossible - that is - until the leader of the planned protest was shot dead, practically on the steps of the Kremlin itself in the heart of Moscow.
Boris Nemtsov, was reportedly shot four times in the back on Friday night in a drive-by shooting. His body laid conveniently for media photographers to capture the Kremlin looming in the background.
Russia immediately condemned the killing, with President Putin noting it was an act of "pure provocation."
Nemtsov's Questionable Ties to US Agitators
Nemtsov had led US-backed opposition protests for years.
In 2012, he was caught literally walking into the US Embassy in Moscow to meet with then newly appointed US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul who had serve on the board of directors of Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The significance of this cannot be overstated.
It was in 2004, when Michael McFaul would write in the Washington Post in an op-ed titled, "'Meddling' In Ukraine Democracy is not an American plot," that:
Added to McFaul's confession, are similar reports such as the Guardian's 2004 article titled, "US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev," which reported:
It is important to understand what the US did in,
...and who was involved, because that is precisely what the US repeated in 2011 amid the so-called "Arab Spring," and again in 2013-2014 during the so-called "Euromaidan," and precisely what they are attempting to do in Russia itself today.
That Nemtsov was meeting directly with McFaul who openly works to subvert governments to suit special interests in Washington and on Wall Street, gives some indication of just how closely tied to US meddling Nemtsov was.
In addition to Nemtsov's direct contact with representatives of US-backed sedition, Nemtsov's adviser, Vladimir Kara-Murza, has attended,
...which was jointly presented by Kara-Murza's "Institute of Modern Russia," a joint-US Neo-Con/US-backed Russian opposition propaganda clearing house.
The height of US-backed regime change appeared to be the so-called "Arab Spring."
The Atlantic in an article titled, "The Arab Spring: 'A Virus That Will Attack Moscow and Beijing'," would state:
"This virus" may have overwhelmed governments around the world at first, but since then, success has been limited with major setbacks in Thailand, Malaysia, and even in Egypt where US-backed regimes were either ousted by military coups, or never made it into power to begin with.
Ukraine's "Euromaidan," while successful in Kiev, has led to Crimea's return to Russia and a bitter civil war in the country's eastern most provinces that have drained the lifeblood from Washington's newly acquired client state.
It was clear that Washington's "template" needed an upgrade.
What could be done, just days ahead of another attempt to trigger sustainable unrest in Moscow? What could the movement use?
Nemtsov - A Convenient Martyr… Too Convenient
The provocative murder in the center of Moscow, in close proximity to the Kremlin itself, would lead the more gullible members of the general public to imagine President Putin himself leaning back in his office chair with a rifle sticking out the window of the Kremlin, and gunning down his rival - in true super villain form.
Already, before any investigation has been conducted, Western news sources are attempting to imply the Kremlin was behind his murder - hoping the general public believes Russia's leadership would be careless and thoughtless enough to commit such a provocative act just two days ahead of protests.
The BBC in its report, "Russia opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead," would claim:
Of course, the BBC also mentioned Nemtsov's intentions of exploiting growing economic concerns in Russia, brought on entirely by sanctions placed on Russia by the United States and its allies regarding chaos admittedly caused by overt, admitted US meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs.
It appears likely that rather than the Kremlin clumsily killing an opponent on their doorstep on the eve of a major protest, he was instead killed by either members of his own opposition movement, or by his US backers themselves.
The combination of economic strain brought on by US sanctions, US-backed mobs planning to take to the streets, and now a martyr conventionality delivered just 2 days before the protest he was meant to lead was to take place, has the deck stacked with the most favorable cards to deliver the West the sort of sustainable chaos and unrest it has desired to create in Russia, and has admittedly created in neighboring Ukraine, according to America's own former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.
A Message to America's Proxies - Be Useful Alive, or Be Useful Dead
What must be going through the minds of Nemtsov's colleagues who will undoubtedly repeat the West's propaganda implying the Kremlin was behind his murder, but who know the Kremlin well enough to know that isn't true?
They must now realize that any one of them could be next - that if their utility to their foreign sponsors alive is outweighed by their utility to them dead, they may be in tomorrow's headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Their options are limited - continuing as pawns of an increasingly violent, dangerous, and unstable collection of foreign interests or divesting from their roles as foreign-sponsored agitators, and re-approaching Russian politics in a more honest and constructive manner, even if their capacity remains in opposition to the current government - albeit in a diminished role lacking the resources Washington has lavished upon them.
To America's proxies beyond Russia's borders, they too must understand that the days of "color revolutions" sweeping targeted governments from power are over and that their lives are equally in danger of being spent for the cause of "martyrdom" to supercharge their floundering opposition movements.
Regarding Nemtsov's murder, any good investigator would be tasked with the question,
Surely it would benefit the Kremlin to rid themselves of an opponents, but not in this manner.
In fact, the only party that stood to benefit from his high-profile execution in the streets of Moscow were his own compatriots and his foreign backers who faced the prospect of yet another failed protest.
Sympathy, they hope, will spur Russians who are on the fence politically to take to the streets, joining others who may have previously avoided protests because of Russia's economic strength before US sanctions sank in.
The opposition, if they were not behind the murder of one of their own leaders, would not dare hold the protest this week - as it would be a shameless exploitation of this tragedy - and they would instead, for both security and respect, mourn the loss of Nemtsov thoughtfully.
However, since they and their foreign backers were undoubtedly behind the murder, they will protest, shamelessly leveraging Nemtsov's death to its fullest - using mourners to bolster their ranks.
When US Senator John McCain called America's meddling abroad a "virus," he meant it. It truly is a disease.
And if Russians allow it to, it will corrupt and consume their entire nation just as it has corrupted and consumed the opposition planning to march.