Nemtsov wire taps: how to organize Russian Maidan on the phone. Part 1


Recorded in 2012

Translated on February 28, 2015 by Kristina Rus

Nemtsov’s statements are highlighted in bold


Hello! Are you coming at 1 o’clock? 

Of course, I am trying to dry my hair. While I was washing my hair, I got called five times.

Do you dry your hair in front of the computer?

What would you like?

I want to write in your Live Journal, on Facebook, write about the situation with this place, so this scum will stop to… last night they were having fun all night on Twitter, as you know, right?

Yes, I know, today we will get together at Udaltsov, and at 2 o’clock at Ilya Ponomarev and Udaltsov. We will send someone from Solidarnost, for a press conference at the independent press center. Delyagin wrote that the meeting is coordinated between Solidarnost and the Left front 

So they stopped squealing already? 


Bastards, f%ck. Is the scum Chirikova  still barking?

The scum Chirikova continues to bark along with Limonov.

Limonov I don’t care about at all. Ok, I am suggesting to write a short post in Live Journal. 

Can I tell Misha to write that?

Where is Misha?

He is at the computer 


Borya! Hello dear!


Why couldn’t you convince Chirikova, a chick! Jesus!

She is f%cked up, how can I convince her?

Yes she is f$cked up, of course

No, she doesn’t want to hear anything. Do you understand the point? At least do you understand it? 

I read something online…

Those who will come to the Revolution square, for them a passage, a march will be organized to Bolotnaya. They are cretins! They should put up a monument for me instead of Dzerzhinsky on Lubyanka! What?

And then steal the archives once again!

You are right, I will steal them…
You are a great Russian writer, can you call Chirikova, and say, Chirikova, b%tch you are insulting Nemtsov, saying he did it for money, did you hear this? This f#cked up b$tch wrote this. Call this rat and tell her to behave!

Who am I for her, of course, I could try

No, she respects you, you are Panechkin, a famous writer, explain the motivation, explain what happened, that I didn’t fold, didn’t write any letters.  You can read in my Live Journal or Facebook, about what happened. They told me the right thing, they said, you cannot fit that many people on that square, and this is true. It’s true… And since there will be a lot of people from the office plankton, the internet hamsters, who had never seen a live OMON soldier, I don’t want to have any people beaten by bats, that’s it!

I agree with you

So call her, and tell her to shut up! When someone is arrested, she calls me, when she wants to go to America, she calls me, when she needs help with customs, she calls me, 
when she wants to help some victims, she calls me, when she needs money for anti-Seliger, she calls me, and then Nemtsov is a traitor, f$ck, is she not a scum?

You should loose the tone, Borya

I will loose the tone, I am just talking to you like this

She is is a stupid idiot, everyone understands this
Being angry will not make it better, everyone understands that she is an idiot




Who is this?


Yashin, f#ck! First of all let me tell you the latest news. First of all we reconciled today with those morons.

Yes, I know, I asked Misha to post your video statement

Yes this is the first good news. Second is not news, but a request. I think Lesha needs to go for president

Who thinks?

I think, me, Nemtsov thinks. But I need for him to mumble something about this.

He is not ready so far

I understand, but, keep in mind, the situation is the following. Vovochka Ryzhkov wants to go for it. I don’t like the idea, because it’s not feasible, do you understand?

I understand

But he, b$th, will break all of us, because he found the money

You shouldn’t present anyone. It will be taken very badly by the people

I understand, but he was given money

This is not about money. No one will support him. He is, softly speaking, not an optimal candidate. If you will announce him as a candidate for president at the meeting, the reaction will be inadequate. Don’t do that.

Ilya, I agree, let’s talk about the Revolution square. Do you know the story? I think we did everything very f$cken beautiful

Thank God

And there is my part in this, too. Very important that you write a declaration for the meeting, which someone or I may read, that the opposition needs to be united, that our goal is just to deal with them

I wrote the declaration, and gave it to Misha

That it’s good that you found a compromise, and is very important, that the authorities should carry responsibility for that chaos they started, but don’t write, “Don’t go to the Revolution square”

We didn’t write this

Someone told me you wrote this, this is wrong. 

This is BS. I didn’t write this. I wrote… We held consultations all day. As a result I wanted to write a declaration about Bolotnaya, but no one supported me, and we decided to say “Come out and protest” Neutral like that. 

No, that’s ok, you know, the authorities have contacted me

Borya, we wrote, we need peaceful protests, come out and protest.

That’s fine, but don’t concentrate on the Revolution square, because most people never went to anywhere

I know. How many people are coming?

36 thousand on Facebook

But what’s your assessment? 10 thousand?

F$ck knows. Venedictov is taking a very f$cked up position, runs around…

You have to come to the Revolution square tomorrow, and lead the people from there.

This is what I wanted to do, but I was told that they will arrest me 

If you come to the Revolution square?



They just called me from Interfax. I didn’t get it yet, But the Prosecutor…

You have to go anyway, because if you don’t come to the Revolution square you will be eaten alive because Twitter is on fire

Twitter is not on fire any more

No, it’s on fire. If you come and say, lead the people to Bolotnaya, why would they arrest you? That’s stupid

They don’t arrest for something, they arrest on orders

If they arrest you, then fine, it will be the main headline

We are not fighting for headlines

I understand we are not fighting for headlines, but I think if you don’t come it will be wrong

No, I will come, you don’t have to talk me into it. I already decided

I think it is very important that you come to the Revolution square

I know, I am going to come

Because of what they wrote, I think it will solve that problem

What did they write? I didn’t ask anything, I didn’t write anything, and I said, please give me a letter, how will you provide security, they gave it to me, the deputy mayor called…

I know

I talked to him today, Nastya is meeting with him right now

I know, tell me the main thing, as far as I understand the only one who separated from you is Limonov, right? Anyone else?

F$ck him

Is there anyone else? 

May be the Left Front, but they are not very active

Ilya Yashin

Ilya Yashin is a Russian activist and liberal politician, one of key leaders of political party «RPR-PARNAS», co-founder and one of leaders of political movement Solidarnost. He is also the leader of the Moscow branch of the RPR-PARNAS, in which the Solidarnost participates. In 2005 he was one of founders of civic youth movement Oborona. Active participant of Dissenters’ Marches and rallies «For Fair Elections». In 2012 he was elected in Russian Opposition Coordination Council.



Olechka, hi, do you know if we got instructions? Have you seen it?

No, I only saw a text in the news

Because I didn’t get it, I am at home, are they going through Interfax? 

Yes, probably

Understood. Second, about tomorrow, I will come to the Revolution square, and will ask to go to Bolotnaya queitly. Are you coming with me?

I think I should be on Bolotnaya, an hour early. I am asking, what do you think?

I think the most important thing is to be with me

Ok, I can be with you, but we should do something about the journalists

First of all I already made arrangements with some serious security (Gary’s). Second, we will drive up to the Duma, and will come out at Duma and will walk. I will just ask the people to quietly walk to Bolotnaya

Do you know about the talks at the mayor’s office? Did they end?

They didn’t end. Because if they ended, they would all call me. Were are you, beautiful?

I am home, but I have to go to Kasyanov’s, they have a party there 

I know I am already here

And I didn’t come, I forgot, where is it?

Ok come over, Pirogovka 53 55

I have another question, Devodchenko is in a hospital

Who is the first one after him?

There is an option of Akunin, but the Left front is against him. That’s first. Second, what do you think about Alexander Sklar?

Fine, but not the first

And what about Ulitskaya?

Fine, but not the first. 

Not the first, of course. 

Sure, I don’t mind. Just don’t change the list too much

Do you know Sklar?

Yes I know, a singer. Has the information field imroved?

Much much improved

They stopped barking, no longer a traitor…

No longer a traitor, did Chirikova apologize?


So she thinks it’s fine? 

No, she is a b$tch or an idiot

I called Oleg Kozyrev, who wrote a horrible post yesterday about a betrayal. I asked him, Oleg, I can understand emotions and negativity, but could you call and ask first before writing? 

Did he write a better post today?

Of course, he posted a video message. He said, it was our first reaction. I said you should understand, what happened, and then write

I understand, they are assholes, of course. But it is a waste of time to wait for an apology

It was barbaric

But now they are quiet, they are on our side

Only Chirikova is saying that we will have a march, and that Nemtsov will close the column at Echo Moscow

What an idiot. I said that I will have to be the last one to leave, but I didn’t say about the march

Yes, she is an idiot. Ilya Krasilshik called me and asked what’s going on? I said, just don’t pay attention to Chirikova

She will be arrested tomorrow, and it will be all over

We wouldn’t like for her to be arrested

Wouldn’t like to, but she is asking for it She wants to be a political prisoner. She is all about PR. She is a total scum, because no one had helped her as much as I had helped her


Borya, can you answer one question which is killing me?


I am reading Facebook, Internet, and I see that all the normal people are writing, that if anyone is asking you to come for a march (to walk on the streets, to Lubyanka, to Kremlin), instead of a rally, then these people are provocateurs, right?


Does it mean I am a provocateur?

Tomorrows rally is very different from all the previous ones. This is for the sissy white collar internet hamsters, who battle on Facebook and VK. I had to represent their interests at the mayor’s office. Besides Internet wars, they are extremely scared to get under the bats of Omon. They are extremely scared to be arrested. 

What about those ten thousand that gathered on Chistye Prudy, didn’t they march to Lubyanka?

The thing is out of those ten thousand that were there, one thousand went to Lubyanka, and they were the activists.  

So they knew what they going for?

Yes. It was us, Solidarnost, Left Front, Natsbol of Limonov, There were no hamsters there, the hamsters ran away. About 1000 people went to Lubyanka, so 10% of the rally were the people who were politically motivated and 90% of the meeting were the vegetables who are outraged that they coudn’t get laid. 

So it is good that Yashin is in jail, and is not coming to Bolotnaya?

Well I wouldn’t say that about my friend

But it would be more quiet

Of course I wouldn’t do that. That he and Navalny are in jail means that.. And then there that scum Limonov, a provocateur, who along with Zakhar Prilepin want to declare a day of revolution.

But because there will be the scared penguins on the square, I think we should do everything so that they are not touched, otherwise they will turn away from us and say we used them as cannon fodder

This is the task of the Kremlin is to provoke them 

Of course that’s what they want

[Interesting! So out of those thousands of protesters that we are shown on TV, only 1,000 are the real activists! Out of the entire country? And of course opposition is usually most active in capitals, so the further from Moscow, the more sad the opposition becomes….just hamsters and penguins – KR]


Part 2 coming soon

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