5 guilty of killing Rus­sian leader

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Moscow — A jury con­victed five men Thurs­day in the as­sas­si­na­tion of op­po­si­tion leader Boris Nemtsov on a bridge near the Krem­lin two years ago, end­ing a trial that his sup­port­ers said had failed to bring the true mas­ter­minds of the brazen killing to jus­tice.

The shoot­ing death so close to Red Square sent shock­waves through the Rus­sian op­po­si­tion, which had looked to the for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter and fierce critic of Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin as a ris­ing re­former who could ne­go­ti­ate with author­i­ties.

Af­ter two days of de­lib­er­a­tions at the end of a nine-month trial, the jury at a Moscow court found Zaur Da­dayev guilty of killing Nemtsov. Da­dayev was a for­mer of­fi­cer in the se­cu­rity forces of Chech­nya’s leader, Ramzan Kady­rov.

Four other men were con­victed of in­volve­ment in the killing.

Pavel Golovkin / AP

Rus­sian po­lice probe the life­less body of Boris Nemtsov, an op­po­si­tion leader, off Red Square, Feb. 28, 2015.

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