According to Russian media, on Sunday March 8, one of the suspects admitted to being involved in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Feb. 27. The politician was walking with his girlfriend on a bridge near the Kremlin when he was shot from a speeding car. He died soon after.
Judge Nataliya Mushnikova stated that Zaur Dadaev declared that he was guilty. There is, however, no detailed information regarding the case. Another suspect, Anzor Gubashev was also detained and three other people are waiting for their hearing which is planned to take place soon. The Federal Security Service did not explain how the other three were involved in the crime.
Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov is the one who identified the two suspects Dadaev and Gubashev on Saturday March 7. Bortnikov also refused to give out any details as to how the two were implicated in the crime.
According to Ingush Security Council chief Albert Barakhoev, the two were captured in Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya. Dadaev was a member of a battalion of the Interior Ministry troops in Chechnya while Gubashev had been an employee at a private security company in Moscow.
The identity of the three other suspects was not presented to the public.
Russia’s investigators are now trying to find the motive behind Nemtsov’s murder. His death was a hard blow for opposition supporters who were already harassed and marginalized. There are already theories according to which his death was ordered by Kremlin agents in order to get rid of one of President Putin’s most harsh critics. The opposition leader was planning a report about Russia’s military involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
Another possible motive, according to Russian police is the attempt to stain the President’s reputation. Other possibilities police officials are looking into are the involvement of Islamic extremists as Dadaev supposedly worked in Chechnya, a country badly damaged after 2 wars. The republic of Chechnya saw many battles in the last 20 years between the Russian army and separatists who have started alliances with fundamentalist Islam fighters.
Many think that Nemtsov’s death is highly suspicious, taking into consideration that it took place near the Kremlin which is a high security zone.
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