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Nemtsov murder: the beginning of a dark era for Russia

The Kremlin is cornered, defensive and increasingly aggressive

By David Patrikarakos  

A mourner pays their respects to murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov by laying flowers on the bridge over the Moscow river. © ZINA HUDIAKOVA/NEWZULU/PA Images

On a cold evening on 27 February, Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was walking across a bridge in central Moscow close to the Kremlin when he was gunned down and killed. The 55 year old Nemtsov, long…

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