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Putin critics just keep dying

Written By Unknown on Senin, 02 Maret 2015 | 23.45

Russian opposition leader Sergei Mitrokhin says the killing of Boris Nemtsov is a blow to Russia's future, as the national flag is draped over a makeshift memorial. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

People react as they gather in memory of Boris Nemtsov just a day before a planned protest against the government. Picture: AP Source: AP

MAYBE it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power who will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.

Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on state television on Saturday covered much ground in looking for the reason Nemtsov was gunned down in the heart of Moscow, but they sidestepped one possibility — that he was murdered for his relentless opposition to Putin.

A group of ambassadors to Russia lay flowers at the place where Boris Nemtsov was gunned down. Picture: AP Source: AP

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister and leading Russian liberal political figure for the past two decades, was gunned down shortly before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin with a female companion.

Although there is no certainty about who is responsible it is certain that he is not the first critic of the Kremline policies to lose his life.

These are some of the others.


Renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was fatally shot in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in October 2006. Her work in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper was sharply critical of Kremlin policies in Chechnya and of human rights violations there.

Last year, a court convicted five men, most of them Chechens, of involvement in the murder. However, Russia's Investigative Committee has said it is still trying to determine who ordered the killing.

Reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Picture: AP Source: AP

Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy. Picture: AP Source: AP


Former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, 44, became sick after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel in November 2006 and died three weeks later. Litvinenko had fallen out with the Russian government and became a strong critic of the Kremlin, obtaining political asylum after coming to Britain in 2000.

Two weeks before he was poisoned, Litvinenko blamed Putin for the murder of Politkovskaya. Before he died, he signed a statement blaming Putin for his poisoning.

British police have named two Russian men, former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, as prime suspects. They deny involvement, and Russia refused to extradite them. An inquiry in Britain is now examining the circumstances of Litvinenko's death.


Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer, was shot after leaving a news conference less than a kilometre from the Kremlin in January 2009. Markelov, 34, was appealing the early release of Yuri Budanov, a Russian military officer convicted of killing a young Chechen woman. A journalist walking with Markelov, Anastasia Baburova, also died in the attack. A Russian nationalist extremist was sentenced to life in prison for the killings.

People light candles in memory of Boris Nemtsov, seen behind, in central St. Petersburg, Russia. Picture: AP Source: AP


Human rights activist Natalya Estemirova, 50, was abducted in Chechnya in July 2009 and found shot dead the same day. One of Chechnya's best known rights activists, Estemirova headed the Memorial group's Chechen branch and exposed alleged abuses by the forces of Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

Russian investigators said in 2010 that two brothers who were members of an Islamic militant group killed Estemirova, who had implicated them in kidnappings of Chechen civilians. Memorial said DNA evidence showed that the two men — one of whom was killed in 2009 and the other granted asylum in France — didn't commit the crime.


Boris Nemtsov, 55, who served as a deputy prime minister in the 1990s and became a prominent opposition figure under Putin, was gunned down in Moscow on Friday night. The killing came a few hours after he denounced Putin's "mad, aggressive" policies and the day before he was to help lead a rally protesting Russia's actions in the Ukraine crisis and the economic crisis at home.

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Man gets gold and white dress tattoo

White and gold? ... Daniel Howland has had the infamous blue and black dress tattooed on his calf. Picture: Instagram Source: Supplied

IT WAS the dress that divided the internet this week. Everyone from Julianne Moore to Taylor Swift had a say about whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold.

Now one man from Texas will have the memory forever with a new tattoo of the infamous dress on his leg.


Daniel Howland told Buzzfeed he had some extra space on his leg and thought why not. "I didn't see a reason not to," he said

"I pretty much got it because, I mean, I keep up with all the social memes and hysteria and whatever, and this is the only one that I really couldn't wrap my brain around. So I just decided to do it."

The 24-year-old, who is a body piercer, sees the dress as blue and black but briefly saw gold and white after a couple of drinks.

The man responsible for the artwork, Nick York, 19, says he was only able to see white and gold but etched the blue and black dress with the words "white and gold?" for his mate in ....

blue and black ink.

Both men agree the tattoo is stupid. "It's a joke", Mr York explains.

Mr Howland admits it is a dumb tattoo, "that's why it's funny".

In our opinion, a cute tattoo of a runaway llama would have been a better option if you were going to pick anything from this week's top stories.

Llama ... Way easier to explain as a tattoo. Picture: AP Photo/abc15.com Source: AP

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