Monday, March 09, 2015

Murder in Moscow; fingerprints in Washington?




On the evening of February 27, Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was walking in the vicinity of the Kremlin when a gunman fired four shots into his back from a passing car. The murder took place two days before the 55 year-old former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was to lead an opposition rally in Moscow. The intended demonstration was then transformed into a memorial for Nemtsov with an attendance numbering in the thousands. Rumours had been circulating that Nemtsov was to present evidence positively establishing Russian involvement in East Ukraine, always denied by the Russian Government.

The Nemtsov murder investigation has now focused on the theory that the crime was organised by a Chechen militant commander Adam Osmayev, of the Dzhokhar Dudayev battalion, who was also named in a case concerning an attempt to assassinate President Vladimir Putin.

It has taken the combined efforts of the FSB/SKR/MVD one week to make the first arrests in the case of the murder of Nemtsov: a group of 7 men, all from the North Caucasus have been arrested.  Another man, Beslan Shavanov, killed himself with a hand grenade  in Grozny, the Chechen capital, when he was about to be arrested.

Potok Camera

The Russian Investigators used the combination of the “Potok” HD camera monitoring network and intercepts of all the cellular phone network calls made from the city center that evening to zero in on the car used by the killer to escape which soon led to the entire group now in detention. The Russian authorities now seem confident that they have apprehended the right men:

They are:

Zaur Dadayev (Заур Дадаев) – the supposed killer who, according to reports, was the deputy commander of the Chechen special operations battalion “Vostok”.

Shagit Gubashev (Шагит Губашев)

Anzor Gubashev (Анзор Губашев)

Khamzat Bakhaev (Хамзат Бахаев)

Tamerlan Eskerkhanov (Тамерлан Эскерханов)

Shagid Gubashev (Шагид Губашев)

Ramzan Bakhaev (Рамзан Бахаев)

The last two have not, as of now, been charged with anything. This is quite a large group of people and it appears that the security services have caught, if not the full network or gang, then at least most of it.

According to breaking news from Moscow, the main suspect, Zaur Dadayev, has now confessed that he is the person who killed Nemtsov.

Zaur Dadayev

Questions arise as to why Dadayev was involved in this as his connections with Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the Chechen Republic and an ally of Moscow are well known.

Kadyrov issued the following statement:

"I knew Zaur as a real patriot of Russia.  He served from the very first days of the formation of the regiment which later became part of the 46th Independent Operational Purposes Brigade of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.  He had the rank of Lieutenant and the function of Deputy Battalion Commander.  Zaur was one of the most fearless and courageous soldiers in the regiment.  He especially distinguished himself during the battle near Benoi where a special operation was taking place to destroy a large group of terrorists.  He has been awarded the Order of Courage, the medals “For Valor” and “For Service of the Chechen Republic” and a letter of commendation from the President.  I am deeply convinced that he was a real patriot and that he was willing to die for his Motherland.  I don’t know why he resigned from the ranks of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  I was told he explained it by his sick mother.  The media now says that Zaur confessed his participation in the murder of Boris Nemtsov.  All those who knew Zaur agree that he was a deeply religious person and that he, like all Muslims, was deeply shocked by the events of Charlie Hebdo and by all the supportive comments about the caricatures.  I ordered the Head of the Security Council of the Chechen Republic, Vakhit Usmaev, to conduct a thorough  investigation into the resignation of Zaur, to study his behaviour and his mood before his departure.  In any case, if the court confirms the guilt of Dadayev then by killing a person he committed a grievous crime.  But I want to stress again that he could never had done anything against Russia for whom he has risked his life many times over the years.  Beslan Shavanov, who died on the previous day during his arrest, was also a courageous warrior.  We believe that a thorough investigation will be conducted and that it will show whether Dadayev is really guilty and what his motives were".

The gun apparently used in the murder was a Makarov 9x18mm whose clip was filled with bullets from different factories including 30 year old rounds. The question is why Dadayev would have used such an older weapon when, as a leading officer in the Chechen special forces, he would have had access to the latest Russian weaponry?

(After WW2 the Soviets developed a liking for the German Walther PPs and PPKs they had captured in the War.  Looking to replace their ageing Tukarov TT33, there was a design competition for its replacement. 

Arms designer Nikolai Makarov decided on a variation of the German 9mm round, rather than developing a new sidearm that would have utilised the stockpiles of 7.62 rounds, and won the bid.  The result was a pistol utilising a unique caliber, the Makarov 9 X 18mm cartridge, which had more stopping power than the 7.62mm.  One millimeter shorter than the high-pressure German Parabellum 9 X 19mm round, the new 9 X 18mm Makarov PM (Pistolet Makarova) became the new Soviet standard sidearm, issued to the military not only in the Soviet Union, but in the Warsaw Pact Eastern European communist bloc nations as well.  With production beginning in 1949, the semiautomatic pistol entered military service in 1951, and was used officially until 1991.  Many are still in use.  The PM was also the preferred sidearm of most KGB agents.  There were versions manufactured in East Germany, Bulgaria and China as well.  Later, other Warsaw Pact nations manufactured their own pistols chambered for the Makarov 9 X 18mm round, such as the Hungarian P63 and the Polish P64).


Anna Duritskaya, Nemtsov's "girlfriend"

The role of Mr Nemtsov's "girlfriend", Ukrainian model, Anna Duritskaya, who accompanied the politician on his walk past the Kremlin and is the principal witness of the murder is still unclear. She was questioned by Moscow police but left for Kiev shortly afterwards. Her only public statement on Russian TV was that she "saw nothing" as Mr Nemtsov was shot. Ms Duritskaya is now reported to be staying with her mother in Ukraine and has been assigned a police guard by the Junta.

Investigators are also allowing for the possibility that militants, who fought in Eastern Ukraine against the People’s Republics DPR and LPR, operated at the behest of Ukrainian Secret Services, since the murder of the opposition leader would have  assisted Washington’s  international campaign of propaganda against Russia and President Vladimr Putin in particular,  and served to discredit the Russian leadership and destabilise the political situation in the country, one of Washington’s primary aims in the current situation. Since the Kiev Secret Service is now a mere puppet of the CIA, Washington would likely have had first-hand knowledge of the plot and even assisted in the planning of it. The plot is a mirror image of a similar event planned in Venezuela early in 2014, by Washington agents, for the murder of an Opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, in order to create “chaos” and destabilise the government of Venezuela (see sidebar link).

A Moscow law enforcement source had told the media that the investigating group has evidence that Ukrainian Secret Services played a role in Nemtsov’s murder. On the day of the murder the Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin announced that the investigators are studying the possibility the murder was intended to destabilise the political situation in the country.

“The murder could have been used as a provocation to destabilise the situation, with Nemtsov becoming a sort of a sacrificial lamb for those who are not overly choosy in their political methods,” Markin told Izvestiya.

The Izvestiya source said that the killer shot Nemtsov only a few yards from the Kremlin, and it since became known that the murder took place in a spot not covered by a surveillance camera. Moreover, they chose a time during which there are no traffic jams, but there is still heavy traffic in the center which allowed the killers’ getaway car to become lost among other vehicles.

The information that Ukraine’s Secret Services ordered the murder is being verified. The assassins may have performed a mission assigned by Ukrainian Secret Services, but also avenged the death of their former leader Isa Munaiev. He was killed on February 1 during the battle for Debaltsevo, after which the battalion’s command was taken over by Adam Osmayev. The so-called Dzhokhar Dudayev international battalion is fighting on the side of the Kiev Fascist Junta, and was formed by Munaiev in March 2014. Munaiev fought in the first Chechen militants campaign against Russian forces, and after 1999 he declared himself the commander of the South-Western sector and participated in organising acts of terrorism.

Isa Munaiev

Munaiev fled Chechnya in 2006 for Denmark, where he received asylum. He founded the movement “Free Caucaus” which, according to European secret services, financed terrorists. When in 2014 the Kiev Junta launched the ATO against the eastern People’s Republics, LPR and DPR, Munaiev went to Ukraine and declared the formation of his battalion. Russian sources indicate that he was personally invited by Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky,  who financed the battalion  and is also the financier of the neo-Nazi “Azov” battalion based in the Black Sea port of Mariupol. The Munaiev battalion’s core was made up of Chechen immigrants in Denmark, and citizens of other countries who belonged to terrorist organisations.

Isa Munaiev was one of the individuals, along with the commanders of the Azov and Dnepr Ukronazi battalions, who supported terrorism on Russia’s soil and Russian services are trying to establish now how many people participated in the preparation and implementation of Nemtsov’s murder. It cannot be ruled out that, in addition to the killers and spotters, there were also “controllers” in Moscow who observed the murder’s aftermath and political effect. One of them may have been the Ukrainian deputy Aleksey Goncharenko. Experts who were questioned by Izvestiya believe the theory of foreign secret service involvement to have considerable merit.

This operation, if it was carried out by the Junta Secret Services would be a significant achievement by them as it not only creates  another major irritant in Russia’s relations with the West, but also threatens to undermine peace in Chechnya, and to stir-up anti-Chechen sentiment in Russia. Moreover, many members of the  so-called “liberal” “opposition” in Russia (especially Aleksey Navalnyy), all favourites of the Western Whore Press whose russo-phobic campaign has now reached unprecedented levels of hysteria, are stridently anti-Chechen (and anti-minority in general) and lean in the direction of ethnic Russian nationalism.

The Ukronazis have more than once called for the resumption of the “jihad” against Russia, and applauded when Islamist militants struck in Grozny a few months ago

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