With Boris Nemtsov's death comes revelations by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the political opponent of Vladimir Putin had planned on proving Russia's military actively positioned Russian troops in Ukraine, a contentious allegation that has been continuously claimed by the United States and NATO.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta claims they have access to documents proving the Kremlin planned the Ukraine war back before the Maidan riots in Kiev, but have refused to name the source.
Many world leaders, including President Barack Obama, have described the assassination as a brutal murder. Vladimir Putin has scrambled to deflect responsibility as his political enemy was gunned down, suggesting the assassination had been engineered by those who oppose Putin to try to discredit Putin further.
"It was mentioned by the President that it looks like a contract killing, while carrying all the signs of a provocation," said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Russian president.
The reason for Boris Nemtsov's assassination has already painted a target on Vladimir Putin's back, with Petro Poroshenko noting that Nemtsov was preparing documents on Russian military involvement in Ukraine.
"Boris had declared he would provide clear evidence of Russian armed forces' participation in [the war] in Ukraine. Somebody was afraid of this," Poroshenko claims according to BBC. "They killed him."
According to the Kyiv Post, an unnamed source within Russian law enforcement agencies claims that investigators are currently seizing documents in an apartment owned by Boris Nemtsov.
In an interview with Forbes, Nemtsov suggested before his death that had Putin had purposefully engineered the "pauperization" of Russia, but would continue to spend money on the military in order to prepare for World War 3.
"In all areas but in defense spending because Putin is paranoid and is preparing for a great war. Thats why spending on arms and defense are holy to him and will remain like that. Apart from that he will cut on everything: health care, education. All but army and special services."
Russian chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, has long been a critic of the Putin regime, suggesting that it is leading the world toward World War 3, and that Putin himself is a greater threat than ISIS. This is how he described Boris Nemtsov's murder.
"Devastated to hear of the cold-blooded murder of my long-time opposition colleague Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow, quite close to the Kremlin. Shot four times, once for each child he leaves behind. A man of Boris's quality no longer fit Putin's Russia. He always believed Russia could change from the inside and without violence; after 2012 I disagreed with this. When we argued, Boris would tell me I was too hasty, and that in Russia you had to live a long time to see change. Now he'll never see it. Rest In Peace."