Boris Nemtsov killer sentenced to 20 years in prison


A Chechen gunman and his four accomplices have been sentenced to prison for the February 2015 killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

The court found that Zaur Dadayev shot Mr Nemtsov from a vehicle while the politician was walking with his girlfriend near the Kremlin, and that four other men acted as accomplices for supplying surveillance. All were found guilty and sentenced to 11-19 years in prison.

Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, was a leading opponent of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his assassination sent shockwaves through Russia's beleaguered opposition supporters.

In what seems to be a development in the case related to the killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov.

Prosecutors had asked for Dadayev to be sentenced to life. The report was released three months after he was assassinated. Five persons were arrested on suspicion of murdering the politician: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev who are believed to be the perpetrators of this criminal action.

Ilya Yashin, a close ally of Nemtsov, criticised the sentence for being too lenient.

They claim strong evidence points to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who is loyal to the Kremlin, was behind the killing.

Nemtsov was shot in the back by Zaur Dadayev, a senior officer in a paramilitary unit under the command of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, as he crossed the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow.

Shamsudin Tsakayev, Dadayev's lawyer, told Reuters after the sentencing that there was "incontrovertible proof" that his client had not committed the crime.

In late June, jurors found all the defendants guilty of involvement in the politician's murder and illegal trafficking in firearms and ammunition.

Following the ruling, Nemtsov family lawyer Prokhorov said: 'In two years. they could not find the organiser and mastermind of the murder in the most prominent political murder of the 21st century.