He was not willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, Boris Nemtsov said in one of his last interviews. “I am not willing to die.”
But this violent fate has now befallen him.
During the marches in Moscow on Sunday in memory of the killed opposition leader, people carried banners with the words “These bullets hit us all.” This statement is sad but true.
For years, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has done everything possible to discredit opposition forces and, by rigging elections, to push opposition parties below the five percent threshold.