Why was Putin's political opponent assassinated? Glenn lays out his theory

On February 27th, one year after Russian troops began military operations in Crimea, a gunman murdered anti-Putin activist Boris Nemtsov in Russia's first political murder in over a decade. He was shot four times at the exact moment a street cleaning truck blocked the only camera. The assailant walked into a getaway car and escapes. On TheBlaze Tuesday night, Glenn looked at the evidence and the players to find out what exactly happened.

To begin, Glenn laid of the unbelievable connections between the date of the murder and the beginning of military operations in Crimea. Nemtsov was a leading voice in opposition to Putin's war in the Ukraine.

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"The murder took place on February 27th," Glenn explained. "A significant date, because it was on February 27th of last year that troops began military operations in Crimea. They were highly trained, well-armed, and wore uniforms that bore no identifying insignia. They were dubbed Putin's 'little green men'. Less than a month later, Crimea fell. Dugin called it "Novorossia" or New Russia. Putin claimed Ukraine is just like the Russian version of Jerusalem."

"Fast forward to February 27, 2015. Putin just happened to create a new holiday, Special Forces Day, to commemorate the operation by Russian special-forces to take over Crimea."

"Later that very same day, the garbage truck hid the killers of one of Putin's foes. It was a surgical takedown. One that had professional written all over it," Glenn said. "So, on Putin's new Special Forces Day there just so happens to be a special forces style hit on a guy who was critical of Putin? Coincidence? Or a message to anyone who dares speak out against him?"

According to Glenn, there were two primary motives behind the assassination: retribution and ultra-nationalism.

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Nemtsov served as Deputy Prime Minister under Boris Yeltsin, and Russia turned towards democracy and capitalism during their regime. When Yeltsin's administration fell apart and Putin rose to power, Nemtsov was forced into early retirement. But he never stopped speaking out against Putin and his policies. However, it cost him dearly. He joined a large bank in Russia, but the bank was accused of money laundering when Nemtsov supported a non-Putin candidate. He and his party were also accused of stealing billions from the Russian government.

"Putin is exacting retribution and making an example of someone to scare the rest," Glenn said.

But Nemtsov also pissed off the Russian ultra-nationalists.

"Nemtsov's biggest sin in their eyes was his actions and views on Ukraine," Glenn said. "In 2004 he was an active supporter of the Ukrainian Orange Revolution and supported the anti-Putin candidate."

"In 2013, Nemtsov declared his support that Ukraine should join the European Union. When Putin annexed Crimea Nemtsov publicly condemned the act. He said that Russia had violated ukrainian sovereignty and that what Putin had done was illegal. When the conflict expanded to eastern Ukraine, Nemtsov was outraged," Glenn continued.

Ultra-nationalists in Russis see the war in the Ukraine as a holy war, and yet one of it's most vocal opponents was killed on a day celebrating the beginning of Russia's invasion. And the assassination went down with military precision right in front of the Kremlin walls. Glenn said that doesn't happen without approval from someone high up in the government.

"Russia's nationalism is heating up, and the radicals Putin has stoked are pushing him to do more. This type of nationalism is a monster. Has that monster become something that Putin can't control anymore? Are the "little green men" in Ukraine now also fighting in the streets of Moscow?" Glenn said.

"Whether Putin personally gave the order or not, he's ultimately responsible for this and the world should hold him accountable."

Subscribers of TheBlaze TV can watch the full monologue from tonight's show HERE

Critical race theory: Struggle sessions

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China has a rich legacy of torture. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party used a variety of torture techniques. These became more and more advanced over time. This included public humiliation and public executions.

One specific kind of public humiliation is what's called "The Struggle Session." It was a punishment reserved for people who committed wrong-think. The point was to publicly degrade the person until they swore allegiance to the Communist Party. Their focus is on the elimination of the power base and/or class position of enemy classes or groups. It was also a warning to everyone watching: If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

It was a way to punish anyone who so much as disagreed with Communist Party dogma.

These struggle sessions often took place in busy areas.

They also took place at universities, like the struggle session for the professor You Xiaoli, as recounted by Anne Thurston, in Enemies of the People:

You Xiaoli was standing, precariously balanced, on a stool. Her body was bent over from the waist into a right angle, and her arms, elbows stiff and straight, were behind her back, one hand grasping the other at the wrist. It was the position known as "doing the airplane." Around her neck was a heavy chain, and attached to the chain was a blackboard, a real blackboard, one that had been removed from a classroom at the university where You Xiaoli, for more than ten years, had served as a full professor. On both sides of the blackboard were chalked her name and the myriad crimes she was alleged to have committed...

The scene was taking place at the university, too, in a sports field at one of China's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In the audience were You Xiaoli's students and colleagues and former friends. Workers from local factories and peasants from nearby communes had been bussed in for the spectacle. From the audience came repeated, rhythmic chants ... "down with You Xiaoli! Down with You Xiaoli!"

"I had many feelings at that struggle session," recalls You Xiaoli. "I thought there were some bad people in the audience. But I also thought there were many ignorant people, people who did not understand what was happening, so I pitied that kind of person. They brought workers and peasants into the meetings, and they could not understand what was happening. But I was also angry."

Struggle sessions have been revived, and exported to America. They come in many forms.

Forced apologies.

Beatings in public—like the mob attack on Rand Paul.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was sucker-punched.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was stabbed for being white.

Anti-racism seminars, like the one in Seattle.

Or the one involving Sandia Labs executives seminar.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

The long-awaited New York Attorney General's report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out — and it is bad for Cuomo. The Democratic AG concluded that the Governor did sexually harass multiple women during his time in office.

On Tuesday's radio program, Glenn Beck questioned is the AG's report would be enough for Democrats to condemn him and call for his resignation? This is what the #MeToo movement was started for, Glenn noted, if Gov. Cuomo doesn't resign quickly, that says a whole lot about today's Democratic Party. Watch the clip to hear more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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