18.03.2015 Author: Vladimir Odintsov

Who is Killing Opposition Members?

N45345345Foreign experts, including those living in countries that have had a first hand experience with “color revolutions”, continue to discuss the provocative murder of Boris Nemtsov committed some 250 yards away from the Kremlin’s walls. Most of them agree that there are two primary possibilities behind this assassination.

The first is an all time favorite of all the media sources owned by Washington, which states that there must be some kind involvement by Russian authorities. But aside from purely propagandist concerns there’s no reason to assume something so utterly absurd, since there’s no scenario in which Nemtsov could present any real threat to Russia’s leading politicians. However, the former US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, had made attempts, as fruitless as they may be, to make Boris Nemtsov the “Leader of the Opposition”, although he got only 4% of votes in the Russian parliamentary elections in December 2003, and failing to win the Sochi mayor election in 2009.

However, when considering this version, one can’t fail to notice how prompt and well-coordinated the anti-Putin voices were, starting with the US President and the media accountable to the White House and followed by US intelligence agencies. And this, in turn, unwittingly suggests that there actually was some sort of Western involvement in the murder of Boris Nemtsov. This version is perhaps the most popular one, since it has been voiced internationally by a number of independent observers. It should be noted that two years ago Vladimir Putin himself had already expressed his concerns that the West may attempt to create an “involuntary martyr” by murdering a member of the Russian opposition to try to “demonize Russia’s image even further.

It curious that in less than 30 days after the assassination, US propaganda has been trying to push blame on Russian leaders by claiming that the investigation is being “intentionally delayed”, yet nobody has mentioned the investigation into the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, which has been intentionally delayed for 30 years.

Still, there’s a certain percentage of Western citizens who seem unwilling to question the West’s official narrative, and should recall certain known facts about the CIA’s involvement in political assassinations all across the globe aimed at destabilizing certain sovereign states that are allegedly “not friendly enough” to the US.

Recently the Washington Post has reported that the CIA was involved in the assassination of the leader of Hezbollah in Damascus back in 2008. But somehow, the international community has not condemned this crime, even though it was a vivid case of political assassination carried out in the territory of a sovereign foreign state. For some reason the UN which should be leading the international fight against such criminality has not introduced sanctions against the US, sanctions that should immediately follow any acts of state sponsored terrorism or assassinations according to the resolutions that had been previously adopted by the UN!

However, such acts of terrorism carried out by the US intelligence community are no longer surprising. In the past seven decades of its existence, the CIA and its operations have taken the lives of millions in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Recently, well-executed rouge murderings of political activists have become the modus operandi of choice of the White House aimed at creating chaos in certain countries that still await the promotion of American-style “democracy.” These tactics have been used a countless number of times by US intelligence agencies, while the “martyrs” of the opposition are then brought forward by the United States as a matter of contention. Should such opposition figures fail to achieve political destabilization in a country, they are often used as sacrificial lambs, with their deaths usually followed by a massive propaganda campaign aimed to build tension in a targeted state. This well-tested CIA “recipe” is at least fifty years old, and was even described in the “Handbook on Political Murder”, used time and time again in Latin America and other regions.

Recently a case similar to the Nemtsov murder happened in Argentina. It was the “mysterious death” of chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the blame for which Washington and US intelligence agencies have been trying to shift on the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and thereby destabilize the political situation in the country .

Earlier, another “mysterious death” of journalist Georgy Gongadze in Ukraine in 2000 was used by US intelligence agencies to foment the “orange revolution” that allowed a pro-Western politician, Viktor Yushchenko, to take power.

As it was pointed out by prominent historian and researcher William Blum, in the period from 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow the governments in more than 40 countries, created more than 30 alleged “patriotic movements” overseas, which resulted in the deaths of several million people. With this US “tool of destruction” – the Central Intelligence Agency carries on its subversive activities around the world, murdering political activists en masse in attempts at destabilizing countries that refuse to follow the instructions issued by Washington. It’s only a matter of time before US fingerprints arefound in Nemtsov’s murder case.

Vladimir Odintsov, political commentator, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.