Ruslan Geremeev will not testify on Nemtsov's murder

Ruslan Geremeev will not testify on Nemtsov's murder
Ruslan Geremeev (center)

The court does not have an official location of Sever battalion officer, so summons by subpoena is impossible.

As reported by an informed source to Rosbalt, Ruslan Geremeev and his brother Artur will not be able to answer questions of the victims' lawyers and the public prosecution. Summons to court are ready, but it is not possible to transfer it to the addressees. The source noted that the situation has not changed from the beginning of investigation – since Ruslan and Artur Geremeev's location is unknown, they cannot be handed the subpoena.

Last week, at the defense witnesses' request, the Moscow District Military Court agreed to summon former Deputy Commander of Sever battalion Ruslan Geremeev and his brother Artur for questioning on the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Officially, either Ruslan Geremeev or his brother do not have a procedural status in the case. However, their names constantly come up in the case materials; it was Ruslan Geremeev's driver Ruslan Mukhutdinov who ordered the hit — the latter has been declared internationally wanted.

In addition, according to lawyer Olga Mikhaylova, Ruslan Geremeev, who had served with the alleged killer Zaur Dadaev, was aware of the defendants' criminal activities. Lawyer Prokhorov had applied to the court to summon Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov for questioning, however, the application has been rejected.

It is worth mentioning that it is not the first attempt to have Geremeev interrogated in the case of Nemtsov. More than a year ago, the Investigation Committee tried to summon him to court, but when a subpoena was delivered to him on October 31, "nobody answered the door at Geremeev's place of residence."

Rosbalt's source noted that Ruslan Geremeev was to make his position on the case in writing, but the investigating authorities and the court rejected it. Then, as the source believes, Geremeev refused to speak in any form.

According to RBC, the investigation has tried to bring charges in absentia against Geremeev twice, but both times Head of the ICR Aleksandr Bastrykin has refused to sign the decree.

Boris Nemtsov was killed on the night of February 28, 2015. According to investigators,  fighter of Sever battalion Ruslan Mukhudinov was the hirer, and Zaur Dadaev – the contract killer.

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