Nemtsov Killer Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Russian Court Jails Man Convicted Of Killing Vladimir Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov For 20 Years

The Moscow District Military Court has sentenced murderers of prominent Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, to prison terms varying from 11 to 20 years, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Thursday.

The court also handed jail terms ranging from 11 to 19 years to four others convicted of helping Dadayev.

Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down just metres from the Kremlin as he walked home with his girlfriend on the evening of February 27, 2015.

Prosecutors had asked for Dadayev to be sentenced to life. "Why hasn't Ramzan Kadyrov been summoned to court?"

As he quickly rose through the ranks of the Russian government in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, Mr. Nemtsov turned into an advocate of democratic reforms.

In the months before his death he had written detailed reports alleging corruption by Putin, and voiced fears that the Russian president would have him killed. Five persons were arrested on suspicion of murdering the politician: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev who are believed to be the perpetrators of this criminal action.

Allies of Nemtsov have questioned why Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov was not investigated as having a role when the gunman was an officer in his security forces and the accomplices were also Chechen.

They say until then the case will not be solved.

But Shamsudin Tsakayev, Dadayev's lawyer, told Reuters after the sentencing that there was "incontrovertible proof" that his client had not committed the crime.

Vadim Prokhorov, a lawyer for Nemtsov's daughter, denounced the conviction as a cover-up when the men were found guilty in June.

Nemtsov's family said they "will continue to seek legal action against the organizers and the individuals" in the targeted killing.

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