I'm just going to call this what it is: a distraction.
From The Washington Times:
The District of Columbia’s city council has voted to rename the street outside the Russian Embassy after a Russian opposition figure who was assassinated near the Kremlin in 2015.
A “portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy” will now be known as Boris Nemtsov Plaza, according to the D.C. Council.
Reaction was swift from Russian politicians with Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a prominent Russian national party leader, condemning the move as the U.S. playing “dirty tricks in front of the Russian Embassy,” according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.
If that was not enough, the Times went on to say that State Duma Deputy Mikhail Degtyaryov was angry and said, “We should rename the driveway in honor of the intrusive foreign policy of the U.S."
Hey, go ahead, in many ways it is intrusive, but is that really the equivalent of Mr. Nemtsov?
Yet, The Moscow Times adds that Mr. Degtyaryov has a particular name for the street in front of the US Embassy in Russia.
One deputy suggested that the address of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow should be renamed as “Severoamerikansky Tupik, 1,” translated from Russian as “North American Dead End, 1.”
“We should rename the driveway in honor of the intrusive foreign policy of the U.S.,” Mikhail Degtyaryov, a State Duma deputy, was cited as saying by the state-run TASS news agency Wednesday.
Moscow has refused to place a memorial plaque on the wall of the apartment building which Nemtsov lived, and those who are pro-Kremlin have repeatedly removed plaques twice in 2017 that were placed there in his honor.
If you are unfamiliar with who Boris Nemtsov is, let me refresh your memory. According to Wikipedia, Nemtsov:
...was a Russian physicist and liberal politician. Nemtsov was one of the most important figures in the introduction of capitalism into the Russian post-Soviet economy. He had a successful political career in the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin. From 2000 until his death, he was an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin.
Nemtsov's conflict with Putin's government, based on Nemtsov's criticism of what he perceived as an increasingly authoritarian, undemocratic regime, came to be centered on the widespread embezzlement and profiteering ahead of the Sochi Olympics, as well as on Russian political interference and military involvement in Ukraine. After 2008, Nemtsov published in-depth reports detailing the corruption under Putin, which he connected directly with the President. As part of the same political struggle, Nemtsov was an active organizer of and participant in Dissenters' Marches, Strategy-31 civil actions and rallies "For Fair Elections".
If that doesn't refresh your memory of who Nemtsov was, then perhaps this report from 2014 will.
Boris Nemstov, former deputy minister to President Boris Yeltsin and political rival of current Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in the shadow of the Kremlin on Friday evening.
Nemstov, 55, a former member of Russian Parliament was co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia, was ambushed by men who pulled alongside him and shot him.
Some are expressing concern that Putin is behind the hit.
"They have started to kill 'enemies of the people,' " former opposition member of Parliament Gennady Gudkov posted on Twitter. "Mr. Nemtsov is dead. Who is next?"
While political murders have been known throughout Russia's history, this is the first high profile politically motivated murder since the breakup of the Soviet Union 24 years ago.
While there is a part of me that believes we get more truth out of Putin than our own government, at least in the Obama era, this assassination has always disturbed me.
Still, in June of 2017, five men were found guilty of Nemtsov's murder, including Zaur Dadayev, a former officer in the Sever battalion of security forces in Chechnya.
Still, others believe it was devout Muslims who murdered Nemtsov.
There were many people opposed to Putin at the time, at least eight actually. So, even though there were convictions, can we be truly sure they were not state-rigged convictions instead of actual justice? No, we simply can't be sure.
In either case, let Russia name their streets the way they want and we'll name ours accordingly.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.