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Russia indicts 5 men over killing of opposition leader


Moscow – Russian federal investigators have indicted five men in the February murder of political opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead outside the Kremlin.
The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday in Moscow that the suspects, Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev, are being charged with conducting a contract killing and illegally obtaining, possessing and transporting a firearm.
Nemstov, opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, was shot dead on the night of Feb. 27 on a bridge next to the Kremlin while walking home after dinner with a Ukrainian companion.
Nemtsov had been expected to lead a major opposition march and release a report about alleged Russian military involvement in the Ukraine conflict.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
The committee also disclosed that another suspect, Ruslan Mukhudinov, who was believed to have ordered the murder, has been placed on an international wanted list.
The statement said Mukhudinov was suspected of using a fake passport to travel to the United Arab Emirates, where he was believed to currently reside.
It said Dadayev, a former Chechen serviceman, has been the key suspect in the murder, and reportedly confessed early in the investigation and then attempted to retract.
He said he killed Nemtsov for insulting Islam and the leader of Russia’s predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. (dpa/NAN)

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