The Kremlin’s version of the murder of President Vladimir Putin’s long-time opponent, Boris Nemtsov, has now coalesced. The main suspect is a Chechen who apparently decided to punish Nemtsov for his defense of the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

But this story has obvious weaknesses — beginning with the fact that Nemtsov wasn’t an anti-Islam radical. If anything, the official narrative about the assassination makes the involvement of the Kremlin and its allies in Chechnya seem more, not less, likely.

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