Killer of Putin critic gets 20-year term
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.