Doubts per­sist as 5 con­victed for killing of op­po­si­tion leader

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MOSCOW | A jury con­victed five men Thurs­day in the as­sas­si­na­tion of Rus­sian 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 shock waves 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. 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.

An at­tor­ney for Nemtsov’s fam­ily ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at the out­come.

“It’s the big­gest crime of the cen­tury and yet they haven’t iden­ti­fied the real or­ga­niz­ers or those who or­dered it,” Vadim Prokhorov, a lawyer for the late politi­cian’s daugh­ter, told re­porters.

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