Killer of Putin critic gets 20-year term

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOS­COW — The man con­victed of gun­ning down Rus­sian op­po­si­tion leader Boris Nemtsov on a bridge within sight of the Krem­lin was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 20 years in prison.

Pros­e­cu­tors had asked for life im­pris­on­ment for Zaur Da­dayev in the 2015 killing that sent shock waves through Rus­sia’s be­lea­guered op­po­si­tion. Prose­cu­tor Maria Seme­nenko said a de­ci­sion on whether to ap­peal the sen­tence would be made after study­ing the judge’s de­ci­sion.

Ilya Yashin, a close Nemtsov ally, crit­i­cized the sen­tence. “Of course, it’s small — what is 20 years for a hu­man life?” he said, ac­cord­ing to the news agency Tass.

Four oth­ers con­victed of in­volve­ment in the as­sas­si­na­tion were sen­tenced to terms rang­ing from 11 to 19 years.

Nemtsov was a top op­po­nent of Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. At the time of his death, he was work­ing on a re­port about Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in the war in east­ern Ukraine and in the an­nex­a­tion of Crimea from Ukraine. The re­port was re­leased three months later.

Da­dayev was an of­fi­cer in the se­cu­rity forces of Chech­nya’s Krem­lin-backed leader Ramzan Kady­rov.


Zaur Da­dayev learns about his prison sen­tence Thurs­day in a Mos­cow court­room.

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