Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack

  • Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack

Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack

They were sentenced to between 11 and 19 years, state media reported.

The prosecutor had asked for longer sentences for all the defendants, including life in jail for Dadayev - a former internal troop officer in Russia's Chechnya region.

Boris Nemtsov speaking at an opposition rally in 2011.

Dadayev reportedly confessed early in the investigation to killing Nemtsov for insulting Islam and Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, but later recanted his confession.

Nemtsov, a deputy prime minister to Boris Yeltsin in the late 1990s and a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend in central Moscow in February 2015. "Of course Dadayev deserves imprisonment for life - as do those who ordered the murder, who remain at large".

The convicted men - Dadayev, brothers Shadid and Anzor Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev - are all ethnic Chechens from Russia's volatile North Caucasus.

Four other Chechens were convicted of being accomplices and received sentences of between 11 and 19 years.

The men were found guilty of the killing last month.

The lawyers plan to appeal the sentence and expect that the Russian Supreme Court will quash the sentence.

A sixth suspect in the killing died while police tried to arrest him.

The killing of Nemtsov, a charismatic opposition leader who antagonized the Kremlin, was the most prominent political murder in Russian Federation since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999.

Nemtsov was working on a report on the conflict and how the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea joined Russian Federation following a referendum in 2014. Nemtsov's allies have criticized investigators for not considering a possible role of Kadyrov in the killing. Nemtsov's close ally, opposition politician Ilya Yashin, slammed the length of the jail term for Dadayev.