Verdict reached: Murderer of legendary Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov jailed for 20 years

Verdict reached: Murderer of legendary Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov jailed for 20 years
Defendants in the case of the murder of Boris Nemtsov

The rest of the defendants received from 11 to 19 years. The defendants did not admit their guilt. Lawyers intend to appeal the verdict.⁠

The Moscow District Military Court delivered a verdict in the case of the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Killer Zaur Dadaev, the ex-serviceman of the internal troops Chechen battalion Sever (North), was sentenced to 20 years in a strict-regime colony.

The court also deprived the killer of the rank of Lieutenant and the Order of Courage. It should be noted that the prosecution requested a life sentence for Dadaev.

Other persons involved in the murder of Nemtsov were sentenced to 11 to 19 years. Anzor Gubashev, who watched the politician and took the killer away from the crime scene, was sentenced to 19 years in prison. His brother Shadid Gubashev, who organized the surveillance of the victim, was sentenced to 16 years. Khamzat Bakhaev, who provided housing for the killer, received 11 years in prison. Former policeman Temirlan Eskerkhanov, who was preparing a backup option for the murder of Boris Nemtsov, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Also, the court fined each of the defendants for 100 thousand rubles ($1650). They will serve their sentence in high security colonies. It should be recalled that the state prosecutor asked for long terms of imprisonment for the defendants. At the same time they completely deny their guilt. Lawyers intend to appeal the verdict.

"We will definitely (appeal), it's just some kind of madness," Zaurbek Sadakhanov, the lawyer, told RIA Novosti.

Boris Nemtsov was killed late in the evening on February 27, 2015 in the center of Moscow on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. The investigation and the organizer of the murder is former officer of the Sever battalion Ruslan Mukhudinov. He is on the wanted list and charges have been brought against him in absentia. Lawyers insist that Mukhudinov was a simple driver for commander of the Sever battalion Ruslan Geremeev. In turn, the defense calls Geremeev the true organizer of the crime. The investigation twice tried to present absentia charges to Geremeev, but both resolutions were refused to be signed by ICR Head Alexander Bastrykin. In the criminal case, Geremeev does not even have the status of a witness. At the moment his whereabouts are unknown. According to some sources, Ruslan Geremeev traveled abroad using fake documents.

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