Washington DC Council Bill a New Way of Insulting Russia

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

In 1985, Congress named the area of 16th Street in the nation’s capital in front of Soviet Russia’s embassy Andrei Sakharov Plaza, the country’s best-known dissident at the time.

A city council bill proposes renaming it after slain Putin antagonist/Western darling Boris Nemtsov – another insult against country if done. They occur with disturbing regularity.

Nemtsov was falsely called “Mr. anti-corruption” when alive. He was no paragon of virtue, involved in various predatory/illegal schemes.

He had ties to convicted oligarch Mikhail Knodorkovsky and self-exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky in Britain to avoid prosecution.

Nemtsov ignored US responsibility for the coup replacing democracy in Ukraine with fascist despotism. He lied calling Donbass “Vladimir Putin’s war.”

He got State Department funding through the anti-democratic National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

He was slain in Moscow by gunmen in a passing car, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, saying “this brutal murder ha(d) all (the) signs of a contract murder and is extremely provocative.”

“The president has expressed his deep condolences to the family of tragically deceased Nemtsov.”

His killing had all the earmarks of a US-staged false flag, perhaps orchestrated by the CIA, notorious for political assassinations. Nemtsov was worth more dead than alive to Washington.

Putin and other Russian officials had nothing to do with it. Gunning him down in central Moscow automatically ruled out Kremlin involvement.

Nemtsov warrants condemnation, not praise and acclaim by renaming the avenue directly in front of Russia’s Washington embassy in his name – dishonoring its city council even more than insulting the Kremlin.

The idea came from Capitol Hill earlier this year. Russophobic neocon Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to commemorate Nemtsov.

It stalled in the Senate, picked up by the Washington city council in late October. Its first hearing is scheduled for next week.

Council chairman Phil Mendelson said city streets were renamed before, adding “(w)e are are a world capital, so this is not the first time international issues that are represented in the city through the embassies come before us.”

Congress and the president have final say over everything in the city, their approval needed to rename Andrei Sakharov Plaza after Boris Nemtsov.

Local journalist Helen Andrews said bilateral Russia/US relations are sour enough without complicating them further. “(W)e don’t need to be sticking a finger in their eye.”

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.