Soros financed the murder of a Russian opposition politician – probably because he loves Putin very much

You want conspiracy theories? No problem! Oliver Andonov is here for you! Photo: Screen shot

Сорос го финансирал убиството на рускиот опозиционер Борис Немцов така што нашол Чеченци да го убијат и затоа му било забрането да патува во Русија оти го барале за убиство. Ова беше главната теорија на заговор која можеше со големо чудење да се слушне во интервјуто на аналитичарот Оливер Андонов за Сител


Soros financed the murder of the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov by hiring Chechens to murder him and that’s why he was not permitted to travel to Russia – he was wanted for murder. This was the main conspiracy theory we were able to hear with great amazement in the interview of the analyst Oliver Andonov on Sitel TV Station.


Author: Boris Kamchev from Sankt Petersburg


In one rather astounding conversation between the journalist Ivona Talevska and the analyst Oliver Andonov, we heard several fantastic theses with terminology mistakes, contradictions and inconsistencies regarding people and events from Russia. The given interview space on the national TV station Sitel is contaminated with dozens of nebulosities and not only the journalist does not try to stop them, but she also casts her own expert views at several points, therefore the question is who is playing who in this conversation. Whether the guest is the host or the journalist is the expert?

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In times when the Macedonian public is preoccupied with the events caused by the notorious pardoning by the President Gjorge Ivanov, we ought to remind, from time to time, that in the choir of regime analysts and journalists who spread VMRO-DPMNE’s agenda via the media, some of them have distinct place by their illiteracy, incompetency and passion for conspiracy theories.

The following examples from Andonov’s nebulosities are related to events and people from Russia and Northern Caucasus and were enunciated in the conversation.



George Soros is not criminally prosecuted in Russia, therefore he has free entry in the country. However, in a situation of a regime and total control of the Chekists who captured the democratic processes in Russia and when the Senate (the upper house of the Duma) put his organization on the list of unwanted organizations, and the State Prosecution Office proclaimed him as a “foreign agent”, Soros would never even think of traveling to Russia for any official visit.

In 2003, Soros decided to close his welfare Foundations in Russia by saying that he wanted to “accelerate the process of transition from closed to open society”, but that task turned out to be a lot more difficult than he first thought. Since the beginning of the 90s, his Foundation, via various activities, was actually supporting the education and science in the country. Around 65.000 fired or poorly paid teachers, lecturers, university professors and doctors, who during the chaotic rule of Boris Yeltsin could have become cleaners, taxi drivers, or could have fled the country, were getting decent salaries thanks to Soros’ grants. After 2003, Soros continued to act in Russia, but to a much smaller extent and work, whereupon he financed only several organizations. This lasted until 2014, when Soros’ finances for the NGO sector were equal to zero.



Nemtsov was murdered on a bridge near Kremlin and the Red Square on 27 February 2015 and the Chechen connection with this crime is undisputed. However, the notion that all of this was financed by Soros is tragicomic – neither the most active Russian social media or blog trolling groups would not have come up with such nonsense.

The Russian investigation bodies outdid themselves in the case of Nemtsov (unlike the investigation of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, which lasted for years). The criminal group sponsored by security structures and one Chechen MP in the State Duma (an uncle of one of the perpetrators) that was following Nemtsov for months, was discovered and arrested. One member was killed, another has escaped, the murderer, Zaur Dadaev and his assistant, Anzor Gubashev (the first one was a member of the Chechen battalion “North”, composed of the so called “Kadyrovs”, bodyguards of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov) are imprisoned and are waiting for judgement. The formal reason for the murder according to Dadaev’s testimony, are the comments for support of the French satirical weekly magazine “Charlie Hebdo” published by Nemtsov immediately after the terrorist attack of the magazine’s newsroom in Paris on 9 January 2015. But, there are video recording and evidence proving that Nemtsov was followed by Zaur Dadaev and Anzor Gubashev several months prior the terrorist attack in France.

Therefore, the version that the reason for the murder is the intensive collaboration of the opposition politician with the American authorities in the eve of the sanction implementation against Russian politicians and companies in 2014 is highly plausible. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung says that as a former insider in Kremlin, Nemtsov shared important information during the preparation of the sanction list against leading Russian politicians. Then he has had a meeting with the Republican Senators John McCain and Ron Johnson.

According to Vladimir Milov, Nemtsov’s fellow fighter, that version for the reason of the murder is most plausible. The authorities did not hope that the sanctions could hit the Russian finance sector with such magnitude. “For a long time, they thought Nemtsov himself is guilty because the sanctions were implemented so severely”, Milov believes. The penal “Magnitsky list” is also added at this point, which was made by the U.S. Congress in 2012, and Nemtsov had a key role in the making of this list.



Andonov should once and for all decide and tell who was actually paid by Soros. Whether Nemtsov or the Chechens (who are illiterately referred to as “Checheni” by Andonov, same as he refers to the Italians as “Italiani”). Because, it is enough – Soros cannot finance both the good and the bad guys simultaneously.

The opposition activity of the former vice-Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov began in 2008 with the creation of the “Solidarity” movement. In my view, it is highly unlikely that Nemtsov was receiving grants from Soros, when the major activities of the Foundations, financing of book printing, scholarships for Russian scientists and intellectuals for travelling to the West, developing of science, education and critic thought in Russia, ceased in 2003. The wide-spread anti-corruption campaign which Nemtsov started in 2008 by publishing the brochures-reports about the corruption in the Russian functionary elite, about the crisis as well as for Putin’s personal wealth, was financed by Yandex’s crowdfunding platform, which works greatly for Aleksei Navalny too. These printed brochures were massively handed out in the subways of Moscow and Sankt Petersburg and achieved the desired effect: From March 2008 until January 2014 Putin’s rating was continuously decreasing and he managed to regain the Russian people’s trust only after he annexed Crimea, he sent military troops in Ukraine and caused total propagandistic mobilization via the media.

On the other hand, Nemtsov does not need foreign financers to engage him in the fight against corruption and to unmask the clans of the Kremlin, especially because he was earning pretty good as a writer, investor and held a public office, he was an MP in the Parliament of the Yaroslavl Oblast.




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