Russian court convicts five men of murdering Putin critic Nemtsov

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 29, 2017 9:35 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A court on Thursday convicted five men of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, more than two years after he was shot dead near the Kremlin.

Nemtsov, one of President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, was murdered in 2015 as he walked across a bridge in the heart of Moscow after dining with his girlfriend. Aged 55, he had been working on a report examining Russia's role in Ukraine. His killing sent a chill through opposition circles.

After more than eight months of hearings, a jury trial convicted five men of his murder on Thursday, including the man prosecutors said pulled the trigger, Zaur Dadayev, a former soldier in Chechnya.

It said the four others had acted as his accomplices and that the group had been promised a bounty of 15 million rubles ($253,889.59) for the high-profile assassination.

($1 = 59.0808 rubles)

(Reporting by Svetlana Reiter; Additional reporting by Alexander Winning; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe)