Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more.
Hosted by Larry Mantle
Airs Weekdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Russian scholar explains the politics of assassination in Russia




People march in memory of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on March 01, 2015 in central Moscow, Russia. Nemtsov was murdered on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral just few steps from the Kremlin on February 27.  Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend.
People march in memory of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on March 01, 2015 in central Moscow, Russia. Nemtsov was murdered on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral just few steps from the Kremlin on February 27. Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend.
Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

Listen to story

14:04
Download this story 6MB

Just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was shot and killed in Moscow.

The former deputy prime minister was a sharp critic of Putin, assailing the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the investigation.

With files from AP

Guests:

Charles Maynes, radio producer and multimedia journalist based in Moscow, @cwmiii3

Nina Tumarkin, Russian Historian and Professor of History at Wellesley College; author of "The Living and the Dead: The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia" and "Lenin Lives! The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia"