The Chechen Republic (Chechnya) natives sentenced to prison for the murder of prominent opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, are not guilty, according to a statement made by the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, in an interview with to Russia-1.
“According to the information I have they are not guilty. And that’s why I continue to insist that this is not just. Somebody was score-settling, killed Nemtsov, and shifted all the blame on Kadyrov. And now they say this rubbish: Kadyrov killed Nemtsov!” the Chechen leader said.
Kadyrov referred to Nemtsov as a “more auspicious actor” for him and his team and said he hoped the truth would come out.
“I do not know who is behind this. Somebody wanted to close the case and declare that they had found the perpetrator and as often happens in our system, they picked the wrong men,” he said.
Nemtsov was killed late February 27, 2015, on a bridge in the center of Moscow, in close proximity to the Kremlin walls. The Moscow District Military Court sentenced Nemtsov’s murderer, Zaur Dadayev, to 20 years in a high security prison, and his accomplices Anzor Gubashev, to 19 years, Shadid Gubashev, to 16 years, Temirlan Eskerkhanov, to 14 years, and Khamzat Bakhayev, to 11 years in prison.
Nemtsov’s daughter, Zhanna, demanded the judgment be overturned and the case returned back to the prosecutor’s office. “We totally oppose the formulation of the charges under Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (a murder) and consider that the charges must be brought under Article 277 of the RF CC (an assassination of a statesperson or a public leader),” she said.