Zaur Dadaev to serve sentence in Karelian jail for Nemtsov murder

Zaur Dadaev to serve sentence in Karelian jail for Nemtsov murder
Zaur Dadaev

According to unconfirmed reports, he will be sent to Petrozavodsk. Previously Rosbalt sources reported that Dadaev had been sent to one of the jails meant for former employees of the power unit.

Zaur Dadaev (alternative spelling: Zaur Dadayev) is going to be sent to penal colony No. 9 in Petrozavodsk after he was sentenced to 20 years in a strict-regime colony for the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian political leader. This was reported by Stolitsa Na Onego, without naming the source of information.

According to the media, Dadaev is going to be sent to Petrozavodsk through St. Petersburg and will soon be transported to a Karelian colony.

Earlier, Rosbalt wrote that Dadaev would be sent to one of the jails meant for former employees of the power bloc.

Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician, was shot dead on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge near the Kremlin on February 27, 2015. Five men were convicted of his murder in the summer of 2017: Zaur Dadaev got 20 years in a strict security colony, the brothers Anzor and Shadid Gubashev were sentenced to 19 and 16 years, respectively, Temirlan Eskershanov will spend 14 years in jail and Khamzat Bakhayev got 11 years.

The defendants denied any involvement in the crime. The Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov also claimed the sentences were unfair.

The prosecution believes Ruslan Mukhudinov, the former officer of Sever battalion, to be the paymaster of the murder. He is wanted and charged in absentia. The lawyers of the victims maintain that Mukhudinov was merely a driver of Sever commander Ruslan Geremeev. Geremeev is the person the defense party believes to be the real mastermind of the crime. The prosecution has twice tried to impose in-absentia charges on Garemeev, but Chief Investigator Alexander Bastrykin  has refused to sign both resolutions. Geremeev is not even a witness in the criminal case right now. According to Rosbalt, Geremeev leads a secretive way of life in Chechnya, although he is occasionally seen at weddings and birthday parties of his friends.

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