In what seems to be a development in the case related to the killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov.
A court in Russia has sentenced five men convicted of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov to 20 years in jail.
Former Chechen soldier Zaur Dadaev, who investigators say acted as the gunman, was handed a 20-year sentence. Four other Chechens all of whom were convicted of being accomplices in the same court last month were handed terms ranging between 11 and 19 years. All five will serve their time in a high-security penal colony.
The same court last month found the five men guilty of killing Nemtsov in 2015, but the late politician’s allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.
Nemtsov, a scathing critic of President Vladimir Putin, was murdered days before he was expected to lead a major opposition march.
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His death also came before the release of a controversial report implicating the Russian military in the conflict in Ukraine.
Zaur Dadayev had initially confessed to his role and that of the others in the crime, as per the statement from Natalia Mushnikova, the judge in the case. However, he later retracted his confession after telling human rights activists from Russia’s federal watchdog, the Public Observation Commission, that it was given after being tortured, as per the earlier reports.