A Moscow court on Sunday charged two Chechens with alleged involvement in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and confirmed the arrest of three other suspects.
Zaur Dadayev, deputy commander of the North Battalion, a unit of the Chechen security services under the patronage of the Caucasus republic’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, had confessed to involvement in the killing, a judge said, according to the Financial Times.
The second suspect charged, Anzor Gubashev, pleaded not guilty. Gubashev is said to be a cousin of Dadayev.
Dadayev and Gubashev, whose arrests were announced on Saturday by Russia’s top law enforcement official, are believed to be the two directly involved in fatally shooting Nemtsov on Feb. 27.
The three other suspects who appeared in court on Sunday, accused of being accomplices, were Gubashev’s younger brother, Shagid, a truck driver; Khamzad Bakhaev; and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, according to Russian media. All five were jailed for up to two months.
A sixth suspect is said to have blown himself up with a hand grenade on Saturday night as the police closed in on his apartment in the southern city of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.
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