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Chechen man sentenced for killing Russian opposition leader


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Chechen man sentenced for killing Russian opposition leader

A court in Moscow has sentenced a Chechen man to 20 years in jail for killing Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years ago.

State prosecutors said Zaur Dadayev, a former soldier in Chechnya, shot Nemtsov dead as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin with his girlfriend.

Four other Chechens were convicted of being accomplices and received sentences of between 11 and 19 years.


Nemtsov was one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics and had been working on a report examining Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

His killing sent a chill through opposition circles.

State prosecutors said the group had followed Nemtsov around Moscow and had been promised a bounty of around two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to kill him.

Colleagues of Nemtsov said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remain at large.