The Russia That Died With Boris Nemtsov

One cannot help but wonder what Russia would have been like had Boris Nemtsov become president in Vladimir Putin's place.

Rest in peace.

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For years, Moscow insiders have reacted to former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov's philippics against President Vladimir Putin with a roll of the eyes. Everyone knew what Nemtsov was going to say. The man Boris Yeltsin almost piсked as his successor had become irrelevant, marginalized.

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