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Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack


A Chechen gunman and four accomplices have been given long jail sentences for the killing of leading Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin.
Zaur Dadayev was jailed for 20 years by a Moscow military court while the others were given 11 to 19 years.
A vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead in February 2015.
His family fear the person who ordered the murder may never be caught.
They say until then the case will not be solved. Their lawyers believe senior figures within Chechnya who are loyal to the Russian leader may be behind the killing.
Killer’s ‘confession’
Dadayev is a former member of the elite Northern Battalion in the Northern Caucasus republic of Chechnya, a unit that came under the command of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
The court stripped Dadayev of his rank of lieutenant and removed an earlier award for bravery, Ria Novosti reported. Although he confessed to the killing, Russia’s human rights council said that was likely to have happened under torture.
Two brothers, Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, were jailed for 19 and 16 years respectively. While Dadayev was said to have fired the gun, Anzor Gubashev was accused of driving him to and from the crime scene.
Tamerlan Eskerkhanov was given 14 years and Khamzat Bakhayev 11. They and Shadid Gubashev were convicted of preparing the murder.
Another suspect said to have taken part in the killing, Beslan Shavanov, died as police tried to arrest him.

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