In a frigid Moscow two years ago, I had one of my last encounters with Boris Nemtsov.
“Aren’t you afraid you’ll be put in jail, or something worse?” I asked.
“Pasha V.V. [that’s what they call Putin in Russia] won’t cross a certain line. He won’t target me physically. They have a rule to not touch former members of the government.”
Boris certainly qualified for that category. He was a successful and well-loved governor of Nizhny Novgorod between 1991 and 1997; he was a deputy prime minister for a year under Victor Chernomyrdin in 1998; he was a parliamentarian, and even a member …read more
Source: The American Interest