Following the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian pro-Democracy leader and staunch Vladimir Putin critic, the Kremlin has gone into overdrive in an effort to protect its leadership from any potential ties to the murder.
In a Russia Today (RT) article published on Saturday titled, “Everything will be done to punish those behind ‘vile’ murder of Nemtsov – Putin,” the state-run entity lists possible motives behind the assassination of Boris Nemtsov.
The article is accompanied by an undated photo of Putin meeting with Nemtsov. Breitbart News was able to track down the original photo in question, and it is believed that picture is dated December 5, 2000.
Although Putin seemingly hasn’t met Nemtsov since he became Russia’s President in 2000, that didn’t stop the Russian autocrat from releasing a statement to Nemtsov and his mother.
Putin’s statement reads: “Everything will be done for the organizers and executors of this vile and cynical murder to receive the punishment they deserve.” In a message to Nemtsov’s mother, which was posted at the Kremlin’s website, he wrote, “Please, accept my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss. I sincerely share your grief.”
A spokesman for the Investigative Committee has already determined that “the politician’s murder could have been a provocation to destabilize the political situation in Russia,” RT states in its “report.”
The Investigative Committee spokesperson believed that Nemtsov’s death “could have also been linked to the threats Nemtsov received over his stance on Charlie Hebdo shootings,” insinuating that perhaps a radical jihadist killed the man.
The spokesman’s third so-called lede was that his death could have something to do with “the current war in Ukraine,” RT reports.
While providing intensely favorable coverage for Putin, nowhere does the report or in RT’s follow-up articles mention the discernable possibility that the Kremlin may have been involved in the assassination of Nemtsov.