Russian authorities have announced a breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on a Moscow bridge last Friday (February 27).
“I would like to inform you that two people suspected in this crime were detained earlier today. Their names are Gubashev Anzor and Dadaev Zaur,” Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), told journalists on Saturday (March 7).
The arrests follow the discovery of new video footage shot with a dashboard camera inside a car driving along the bridge just three minutes after Nemtsov was gunned down.
The video was given to Tonia Samsonova, a journalist with Ekho Moskvy radio station, who made it available to broadcasters and handed it to the Russian Investigative Committee in charge of tracking down Nemtsov’s killers.
Investigators were able to use a still frame from the video to identify the two suspects who are now in custody.
A former deputy prime minister, Nemtsov had been a consistently outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin’s 15-year rule.
Nemtsov’s supporters have blamed Russian authorities for his murder but the Kremlin denied any involvement and said the government was doing everything it could to find the killers.
Nemtsov’s body lay in state at Moscow’s Andrei Sakharov rights centre before being buried at a cemetery in the Russian capital last Tuesday (March 3).