In Death, Boris Nemtsov Embodies the Hope of a Better Russia

March 03, 2015

For Russia to make peace with its troubled post-Communist history, it needs a 1990s hero to remember. Boris Nemtsov was killed just before midnight on February 27 in Moscow. His death was both the culmination and the continuation of his extraordinary political life. I first encountered...

Boris Nemtsov is Russia’s Latest Lamb to the Slaughter

March 03, 2015

What does the assassination of Boris Nemtsov say about Russia’s political climate? In a Time article that proclaimed Vladimir Putin tsar and person of the year in 2007, the Russian president seemed frazzled by the West’s perception of his countrymen as “a little bit savage still or they...

Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics: Corruption and Abuse in Sochi (Part 3/3)

February 14, 2014

Will abandoned facilities and a damaged environment be the legacy of Sochi 2014? *[Note: The following is a translated report written by Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk, detailing allegations of rampant corruption in...

Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics: Corruption and Abuse in Sochi (Part 1/3)

February 07, 2014

The Sochi Winter Olympics is Putin’s personal project. *[Note: The following is a translated report written by Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk, detailing allegations of rampant corruption in the preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter...