Within a period of four weeks, two events took place in Russia that, at first glance, seemed to have little to do with each other. But on second glance, they appear closely related. The first was the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov; the second was the meeting of the Russian Conservative Forum a week ago on Sunday in St. Petersburg. Both occurrences — the brazen killing just outside the Kremlin and the attempt to create a kind of nationalist Internationale on Russian soil — prove the same thing: Russia has become political and morally unmoored.

Source: Russia Recedes into Nationalism and Political Immorality – SPIEGEL ONLINE