Investigative Committee: Nemtsov was killed because of 15 million rubles a customer had promised for murder, not out of religious motivation

Investigative Committee: Nemtsov was killed because of 15 million rubles a customer had promised for murder, not out of religious motivation
Photo: RIA Novosti/Anton Denisov

The case against the five indicted defendants has been referred for trial.

The office for the investigation of major cases of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has concluded its investigation of charges against Zaur Dadaev, Shadid Gubashev, Anzor Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerhanov and Khamzat Bakhaev, accused of committing murder for hire as members of an organized group and illegal acquisition, carrying, transportation and storage of arms (art. 105, para. 2, subpara. «g, h» and art. 222, para. 3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

The Investigative Committee’s spokesman, Vladimir Markin, said that investigators managed to reconstruct in detail the chronology of events that preceded the assassination of Boris Nemtsov.

Late in September 2014, Ruslan Muhudinov and others whose identity could not be established offered Shavanov, Dadaev, Anzor Gubashev, Shadid Gubashev and Bakhaev Eskerhanov 15 million rubles to kill a prominent politician.

As noted by the investigators the timing is essential in establishing motive for murder. In their testimony after committing the crime, the suspects pointed to Nemtsov's religious beliefs. They claimed to be moved by his support of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of prophet Muhammad in January 2015, long after they were hired to kill Nemtsov. The investigation believes that greed motivated the murder, not  religion.

After the suspects agreed to commit murder, they began to plan the crime: studying Nemtsov's lifestyle, and his places of residence and frequent visits. Their covert surveillance of him was the basis for their choice of the method and location of the attack, weapons, vehicles and means of communication.

Vladimir Markin related in detail the events of 27 February 2015.

Around 11 o'clock Zaur Dadaev, having a weapon, together with Anzor Gubashev and Shavanov met at Nemtsov's residence on Malaya Ordynka street to track him down. At approximately 21 hours 45 minutes, the politician drove by car toward the luxury shopping center GUM. After Nemtsov with his acquaintance Anna Duritskaya went walking toward the Nemtsov's home, Shavanov and Gubashev informed Dadaev that conditions were right for the murder. At approximately 23 hours 31 minutes, Dadaev, following a couple on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, shot at Nemtsov at least six times. He died of his wounds at the scene.

At this time, Anzor Gubashev and Shavanov were in the car at the murder scene to warn about any danger, including the unexpected appearance of law enforcement officers. After the murder Dadaev, Shavanov and Anzor Gubashev disappeared.

"Thereafter, Muhudinov, Shadid Gubashev, Eskerhanov, Bakhaev and other persons assisted the three perpetrators to hide from law enforcement agencies, and helped them leave the Moscow region expeditiously", said Markin.

The criminal case against the five defendants has been set for trial. Shavanov’s case was dismissed in November 2015 on account of his death in a suicide bombing while he was detained in Grozny. 

The investigation into the instigator and organizer of the murder, Muhudinov, and unidentified persons continues. The case has been split into separate proceedings. Since November 2015 Muhudinov has been an international fugitive. Earlier, the Investigative Committee implicated Ruslan Muhudinov through examinations and statements of witnesses. According to police, he left Russia under a fake passport and is now in UAE.

It should be noted that recently Russian Federal Security Service reported details about the weapon used to kill Nemtsov. According to the Service he was shot by a home-made weapon crudely assembled from imported parts. It has never been found.

Vladimir Markin announced the official end of the investigation in the Boris Nemtsov murder case at the end of January 2016.

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