ISKANDARYAN: NEMTSOV HAD POSED ABSOLUTELY NO THREAT TO RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES

YEREVAN, March 2. /ARKA/. Alexander Iskandaryan, a political analyst
and the head of the Caucasus Institute, finds it difficult to point
out persons or organizations that might benefit from the killing of
Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead Friday night in
Moscow, but he is convinced that the opposition political activist
posed absolutely no threat to the Russian authorities.

"It is clear that the radical opposition activists will accuse Putin,
'regime' and so on... But it is hard to believe this, since 'regime'
or Putin have no reasons to kill him. Mr. Nemtsov poses absolutely no
threat to 'the regime' and it is also impossible to say that he was
a political alternative," Iskandaryan was quoted by Novosti-Armenia
as saying in an interview with Sputnik-Armenia.

In his opinion, is would be also wrong to say that Nemtsov was killed
by 'the opposite side'.

"This killing will make Nemtsov a symbol of anti-Putin rhetoric,
but it will be unable to change political things," Iskandaryan said.

"Nothing significant can happen, since the public niche occupied by
Nemtsov (it can't be even called political) is extremely narrow for any
political change, and it means neither 'regime' not Putin have grounds
not only to kill him, but also to notice what is spoken in this niche."

Iskandaryan also finds it difficult to imagine any overseas conspiracy,
since it was impossible to achieve any political goal by this crime.

He thinks the person who has ordered the killing didn't belong to
the group of high-level decision-making people.

Commenting on such a vigorous reaction to this crime in Armenia,
the expert said it showed how underdeveloped is political discourse
in the country.

He said that sometimes developments in other countries, especially
in Russia, are not considered as internal affair of that country.

"Very often Russia is mentioned on Armenia's political arena despite
this has nothing in common with Russia.

This is an uncut cord and failure to differentiate outside and inside
things. And this black-and-white picture leads to immature discourse,"
Iskandaryan said in his interview.

In his words, this is a widespread disease. he said.