The February 2015 Assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the Flawed Trial of his Alleged Killers

An Exploration of Russia’s “Crime of the 21st Century”

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The February 2015 Assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the Flawed Trial of his Alleged Killers
An Exploration of Russia’s “Crime of the 21st Century”

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About the book


The book provides a detailed description of “the Russian crime of the twenty-first century” as well as a thorough examination of the eighty sessions of the nine-month-long trial (during 2016-2017) of Boris Nemtsov’s alleged killers. It directs attention to the chief obstacle in determining what precisely happened shortly before midnight on February 27, 2015, on a bridge located a mere stone’s throw away from the Kremlin, in an area under the active surveillance of the Russian Federal Protective Service. The glaring absence of closed circuit videos from this most heavily guarded site in Russia is underscored. Given the absence of such key evidence, those seeking to investigate the murder have been akin to blind people stumbling about in obscurity. The attempts to penetrate this man-made fog undertaken during the course of the trial by the Nemtsov family attorneys, Vadim Prokhorov and Olga Mikhailova, as well as by numerous tenacious analysts of the crime, such as former deputy Russian energy minister Vladimir Milov, former Russian presidential economics advisor Andrei Illarionov, and leading mathematician Andrei Piontkovskii, are covered in full. The uneven case mounted by the prosecution and the scrappy defense effort of the attorneys for the alleged killers, many of them ethnic Chechens, are highlighted, as is the non-unanimous verdict which was reached by the twelve jurors. The findings of this study are in agreement with those of a number of commentators who contend that the actual organizers of the crime remain at large as does the assassination’s shadowy mastermind.
The author

About the author

Dr. John B. Dunlop is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. Among his books are The Faces of Contemporary Russian Nationalism (Princeton UP 1983), The Rise of Russia and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (Princeton UP 1995), Russia Confronts Chechnya (Cambridge UP 1998), The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises (ibidem 2006), and The Moscow Bombings of September 1999 (ibidem 2014). His essays have appeared in, among other journals, Demokratizatsiya, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Cold-War Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Survival.


“With this book, John Dunlop lives up to his reputation for unparalleled research into the crimes of the Kremlin. Dunlop leaves no stone unturned in his chilling account of the horrifying murder of Boris Nemtsov, pointing directly to Vladimir Putin and his security services as the culprits.”—Amy Knight, author of Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder

“This is a clear, convincing and well-constructed study of one of the most significant and despicable political crimes of the early twenty-first century. Essential reading for those who want to understand the essence of Putinism while Putin himself is still alive.”—Martin Dewhirst, Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

“John Dunlop has performed a service for humanity. Relying on meticulous research, he shows that Boris Nemtsov was murdered for political reasons, that the official investigation and trial were a farce and that the order to kill Nemtsov could have come from only one person, Vladimir Putin. It is now up to the U.S. and others to draw the necessary conclusions.”—David Satter, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC

"In his evidencepacked book, John Dunlop calls Nemtsov’s death an assassination and asks which political leader ordered it. Dunlop has been a senior specialist on Russia at the Hoover Institution, often regarded as a conservative think tank. In recent years he has taken on the role of criminal investigator on wrongdoings attributed to Putin. […] The author examines, in microscopic detail, the 80 sessions of the nine-month trial of the suspects in 2016–2017."—Raymond Taras, Europe-Asia Studies, 73:2
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author John B. Dunlop
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 208
Language English
Publication date Jan 23, 2019
Weight (kg) 0.2700
ISBN-13 9783838211886