In a book discussion moderated by UkraineAlert Editor Melinda Haring, the Atlantic Council recently held a major event to discuss the release of a critically important new book on the life and murder that is the Boris Nemtsov story. Nemtsov was an outspoken anti-Putin member of the Russian parliament gunned down mysteriously in Moscow in 2015. The Atlantic Council marketed the event with following blurb:
On the night of February 27, 2015, an unknown assailant shot and killed Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov directly outside the Kremlin walls in Moscow. Despite an official investigation into the murder, three years later his death remains shrouded in suspicion. Some suspect Russian authorities at least tacitly approved the assassination of Nemtsov who increasingly called attention to Russia’s involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine.
A leading figure in Russian politics, from his governorship of Nizhny Novgorod to his political campaigns running against Vladimir Putin, Boris Nemtsov played a large role in Russia’s transformation in the post-Soviet era. This event will commemorate the third anniversary of Nemtsov’s passing and convene authors of the book to discuss his legacy and impact on Russian politics.
The video shows the event introduction speech given by Ambassador John Herbst, the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and framing remarks were given by Dr. Alexandra Yatsyk, Visiting Fellow at Uppsala University’s Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, who co-edited the new book that the event highlighted, “Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance”. Other speakers in the video include:
- Dr. Henry Hale – Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
- Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza – Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom and Vice Chairman of Open Russia
- Mr. David Kramer – Senior Fellow at the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
- Dr. Kateryna Smagliy – Director of the Kennan Institute’s Kyiv Office
The video is about 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy: