Suspicion Lingers After Arrest of Suspects in Nemtsov Murder

Suspects in the murder of Boris Nemtsov sit in a Russian courtroom. / AP

Despite the recent arrests of five suspects hailing from the Chechen region of southern Russia in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician murdered in downtown Moscow on February 28, and the suicide of another suspect following a confrontation with police, commentators, including the United Kingdom’s former ambassador to Russia, have noted that some continue to lay blame at the feet of the Kremlin.

Russia Threatens Nukes in Crimea

A view of Bakhchisarai, a city in central Crimea / AP

In December 2014 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russia’s Interfax news agency that because Crimea had been absorbed into Russia and was no longer part of Ukraine, Russia “has the right to manage its nuclear arsenal…in accordance with its interests and international legal obligations.”

Russia Responds to State Department #Saberrattling

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin visits Crimea.

Following the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. State Department issued a swift and forceful response:

The White House #saber-rattling has clearly touched a nerve in Moscow. In Crimea yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted the following “selfie.” Translation: “Crimea is ours, and that’s that.”