Has nobody made the point that the CCTV cameras in the vicinity of the murder were turned off conveniently enough( why and upon whose orders has as yet to be revealed)? Also as a known foe of Putin Nemtsov almost certainly would have under FSB surveillance-where were his "minders"? Tongue in cheek references to Putin personally pulling the trigger miss the point- much like Mafia bosses such as Don Corleone or Tony Soprano he has no need to get his hands dirty by personally carrying out "wet work"( as assassinations are termed in KGB parlance), there are more than enough acolytes to carry out such dirty work.
The places you referred to are majority Muslim. I was referring to places (France, US, UK) where they(Muslims) make up a decided minority. Also try defending( as the US inevitably must in human rights forums such as at the UN) the fact that Catholic Diocesan Marriage Tribunals and Jewish Beth Dins are permitted to exist but NOT Shariah courts(in Texas or any other state)- Saudi Arabia and Pakistan(never mind Iran) would get on their high horses about "religious intolerance"(one is reminded about the Biblical saying about seeing the mote in your brother's eye but ignoring the beam in your own!). To my mind the right wing in America has an ignoble history of going into hysterics over matters as seemingly inconsequential as fluoridated water and the International Criminal Court. As I said in my OP- why not take a wait and see approach?
I am aware of the issues associated with getting a "get"( or religious permission to dissolve an existing marriage not unlike a Catholic annulment) from a rabbinical court but my point is that logically those opposed to sharia courts(for civil matters as opposed to criminal ones) should oppose Beth Dins as well as Catholic Diocesan Marriage Tribunals -but they don't which leads me to suspect a differing standard is being applied!(could it be that anit-Muslim prejudice is now more socially acceptable in present day America than anti-Semitic or anti-Catholic bigotry?)
The censorial coaltion between the(otherwise) atheistical far left and militant feminists on the one hand and radical Muslims on the other continues to worry me. I guess would be censors (irrespective of political or religious or even gender based reasons) have more in common with one another than the rest of us!
In conclusion(in the light ofn the recently announced ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and the "rebels" who are gnerally accepted to be official Russian forces), I am of the considered opinion that moves by Ukraine to refer the matter to the ICC would have had a salutary effect if not on Putin then at least those around him. He could hardly tar the Court as "fascist" or an "organ of American imperialism" and the propsect of spending the rest of their days either being hunted on charges of war crimes or sitting in a dock at the Hague is a chastening one(there are no statute of limitations for war crimes or crimes against humanity). Russia's GNP is no bigger than Italy's- it has a relatively small and declining population- 150 million-and esp since the sanctions were announced last year, it has become an economic basket case!
The prospect of becoming a virtual pariah amongst world leaders is at least a debatable threat for him-no addressing the UN General Assembly , no G-8- and I think it should be at least seriously looked into- a policy of calculated inaction is the worst of possible worlds AS WE SAW WITH THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA DURING THE 1990s. Further more, after Ukraine signs and ratifies the ICC Convention, Russian troops and their superiors should be made aware( by leaflets, Internet, sateelite TV broadcasts all forms of media) that they risk indictment and prosecution as war criminals/crimes against humanity(true, as we saw with Lugovoi, the RF Constitution precludes extradition of their citizens, but they have to come out to the West if only to enjoy the fleshpots from time to time and when they do they can be "Pinochet'd"!
First of all who attacked who?- the "little green men"(as NATO calls them) are demonstratably official Russian troops and whilst the East of Ukraine may be culturally akin to Russia( having dwelt under the Czars for centuries as well as the Soviets ), this does NOT make them citizens of the Russian Federation(any more than Mexican or Irish Americans are Mexican or Irish citizens).
Ukraine has the right to determine its own future(and if this means joining the EU or even NATO) then so be it! it never fails to astonish me that people who would(justly) ridicule any claim that the nations of South and Central America must toe Uncle Sam's line due to the so-called "Monroe Doctrine" insist on repeating Putinesque blather about Ukraine falling into the Russian"sphere of influence"! Wake up and smell the borscht boys, Yalta was a long time ago!