Global Research, March 02, 2015
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the the killing is aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, at heightening confrontation with the West.
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilize it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition.
Even the U.S. governments Voice of America states in an article entitled Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life? that Putin loses much more than he gains by the assassination:
With the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down on a Moscow street, the fiercest critic of President Vladimir Putin has been removed from the political stage. But it remains to be seen whether, in death as in life, Nemtsov will remain a threat to Putins rule.
Already, city authorities have approved a mass march for up to 50,000 people in central Moscow on Sunday. The march, expected to be far larger than the scheduled protest rally it replaces, will provide a powerful platform for Kremlin critics who suspect a government hand in Nemtsovs death.
Even officials in Putins government seem to sense the danger that the former first deputy prime ministers martyrdom might pose, hinting darkly that Friday nights drive-by shooting may have been an deliberate provocation ahead of the planned weekend rally.