What If Nemtsov Wasn’t Killed On Kremlin Orders? Is That Worse?

Alexander Baunov (on the Carnegie Europe site) points out that “if the killing didn’t happen on the Kremlin’s orders, matters are no better.  In some authoritarian regimes, the state strictly monopolizes its repressive mechanisms; in others, this monopoly is lost.  Repressions spin out of control, and the repressive reins slip to the masses.  This is happening now in Russia, where the authorities are trying to consolidate society around opposing an enemy, and some are starting to take this signal too literally–as a call for action.”  Now that is worrisome for what remains of Russian civil society, if characters out of Dostoevsky are let loose.

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