Russia jails five Chechens for killing Nemtsov

Russian court has sentenced five men convicted of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov to 20 years in jail.

Of the convicts, Zaur Dadayev, a soldier from southern Russia’s predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya, was handed the longest term on Thursday.

Four other men, also Chechens, were also convicted for various roles in the murder which sent shockwaves throughout Russia’s fragmented political opposition.

They were sentenced to between 11 and 19 years, state media reported.

The same court last month found the five men guilty of killing Nemtsov in 2015, but the late politician’s allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.

Nemtsov, a scathing critic of President Vladimir Putin, was murdered days before he was expected to lead a major opposition march.

His death also came ahead of the release a controversial report implicating the Russian military in the Ukraine conflict.

Dadayev reportedly confessed early in the investigation to killing Nemtsov for insulting Islam and Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, but later recanted his confession.

 

SOURCE: News agencies

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