The day after the march for Nemtsov

The day after the great march in memory of Boris Nemtsov, what has changed? In a few really expected such a large crowd in the streets of Moscow, showing such an open and direct opposition to Putin. Now what? It was a surprise to all observers. A compact crowd not seen for years, manifesting openly against the 87%-approval-rating-President. The undisputed, the undisputable. The man who embodies Russia and in which Russia recognizes itself. It should have been the Spring march. Supporters of Ukrainian cause had arranged for the same day demonstrations to demand the release of Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia without trial since last summer. In the end, the march was all of this together, along with a big question mark addressed directly to Putin.It was a good show, but now? Will it serve to change something in Russia? Maybe, for the worse.   Flies It is rather unlikely that the order to kill Boris Nemtsov has been given from inside the walls of the Kremlin. Although his death lengthens the trail of blood that unites the deaths of those who opposed the power in the last fifteen years - that is, by the rise of Putin in 2000 - today it does not benefit anyone. Nemtsov was a leading figure of the opposition, it is true. But the opposition in Russia today is on the ropes. It cannot scare the power, it cannot threaten it. The opposition today is like a swarm of flies that gives a little annoyance. And you do not shoot the flies. In the last parliamentary elections to which it had been able to attend, his party had got the 4% of votes, without even exceed the minimum threshold of 5%. Then, the new party founded with Garry Kasparov, Solidarnost, simply was kept out of the election with specious quibbles by the electoral commission. There was no need to kill him. Like other figures, like Kasparov or Aleksey Navalny, Nemtsov was confined to a marginal role in Russian political life. Who is behind his death, then? Let's dispel any possible doubt about the plausibility of some conspiracy theories – particularly supported by Dmitry Kiselyov - that would Nemtsov be killed by the CIA to blame Putin. The place is a message, just meters from the Kremlin, in the heart of the heart of Moscow. It reminds me severed heads delivered on silver trays as a sign of homage to kings and tyrants. There are not many people who may have wanted to make such a gift to the tsar, and maybe we could find them in Grozny.   Deadly hazard risk Although not wanted by the Kremlin, the message of his death is clear: whoever touches Putin, dies. And it works. It worked with the murder of Sergei Yuchenkov in 2003. It worked with the murder of Anna Politkovskaya in 2006. It has worked with the murder of Aleksandr Livtinenko, again in 2006. As it happens, all three very critical of the Grozny regime. Jusy like Nemtsov himself. And just like after the deaths of Yuchenkov, Politkovskaya and Livtinenko, even after Nemtsov murder if things in Russia will change, will change for the worse. The obscurantist structure that is gripping the country - that mixture of visceral nationalism, freedoms compression, unquestionable power and apathy of the people, especially created during the last term of Putin - will know how to engulf Nemtsov death, take it on a blurred background, if even flip it over to its advantage. Only one thing, perhaps, can make it a no pointless death. The awareness, if there ever will be, by the Western partners of the new face of Putinism, no longer a man but a system. And if this eventually will serve to understand whether and how to deal with it. But it is something that the Russians will hardly see. @daniloeliatweet    

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