Western Propaganda Exposed in Nemtsov’s Murder

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Moscow, Russia (TFC) – Western networks are currently placing any person with a Russian name on the air to explain that Putin ordered the assassination of a leading opposition figure. The coordinated effort reeks of a Western Propaganda campaign against Putin.

The Western outlets have latched on to any Russian whose name is known among their viewers in hopes of convicting Vladimir Putin in the court of public opinion for the murder of Boris Nemtsov. The Fifth Column examines some of the “sources” used to spread this idea.

Marina Litvinenko: She has a great Russian sounding name, she has those honest blue eyes, and the last name is vaguely familiar to Western viewers. Why the last name is familiar to the viewers is pretty important. Putin probably did have her husband killed, but not because he was a political opponent. Her husband was a traitor. While I personally respect her husband’s actions, the fact remains that he was a Russian intelligence officer that flipped and went to the United Kingdom. Yes, Russian intelligence services probably did kill him, just as British intelligence would kill a British national that fled to Russia and exposed secrets. Apparently these networks believe that despite the fact that Putin is most likely responsible for her husband’s death, she would not say anything to  negatively depict him.

There is no way that the fact that Putin is most likely responsible for her husband’s death would cause her to say something untrue.

What knowledge does the source have of the event? None.
Outlets that used her as a source: Huffington Post, The Independent, ABC, Bloomberg

 

Garry Kasparov: Who was that guy again? Yes, the chess champion that IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat. He’s been an outspoken critic of Putin. His website states that he currently lives in Moscow, which would be surprising for someone who believes Putin assassinates critics.

What knowledge does the source have of the event: None.
Outlets that used him as a source: Wall Street Journal, CNN, Radio Free Europe

 

Petro Poroshenko: Another Russian sounding name, but it isn’t. It’s the Ukrainian President. Also known as the US puppet that is currently battling Russian separatists. He’s claiming the dead man was going to expose that Russian troops are actively helping the separatists, and that’s why Putin had him killed. Newsflash: Everybody knows Moscow is backing the rebels, just like everybody knows that Poroshenko is NATO’s “man in Ukraine.” It’s unlikely that Putin would order a hit on someone exposing something everybody already knows.

What knowledge does the source have of the event: None.

Outlets that used him as a source: Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Bloomberg, Radio Free Europe

 

But the shoddy reporting isn’t the end of the Western propaganda blitz. CNN went out of its way to write an entire article comparing Putin to Stalin and comparing Nemtsov’s murder to the murder of Sergey Kirov in 1934. CNN is betting on the fact that American citizens don’t have a good grasp of Russian history. The differences between the two men couldn’t have been greater. Kirov was a Soviet up and comer in the early 1930s. He was head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, and that was a pretty impressive post. Stalin had plans to move him to Moscow to assist the Politburo, which would have made him one of the most powerful men in the country. He was assassinated on December 1st by a man who had been ousted from the Party, was unemployed, and had a grudge against the Party. The theory that Stalin had Kirov killed was put forth by a man named Orlov, and there is no historical evidence to prove that that ever happened. What is provable is that Stalin ordered the execution of over 100 people that were said to have somehow been complicit in the plot. The death of Kirov triggered one of the purges, in which tons of people who Stalin believed couldn’t be trusted were executed. Those don’t sound like the actions of a man who ordered the murder. The actions would be more consistent with a man who had just lost a comrade who had been with him for almost ten years.

Kirov was on his way up in his career, Nemtsov was on his way down. To be completely honest the only similarity between the two murders is that people with political agendas are attempting to pin it on the head of Russia. Perhaps CNN should stop believing in old Russian fairytales and just stick to the news, but if it continues to want to peddle hundred-year-old conspiracy theories, I will gladly tell them where Princess Anastasia is currently living with other decedents of the Romanov family… for a fee.

After all, the rumor is an art form in Russia. You can’t believe everything you hear in Russia, just like you can’t believe everything you read in the West.