Zaur Dadayev, Temirlan Eskerhanov,
Khamzat Bakhaev and brothers Anzor and Shagid Gubashev were found
guilty at Moscow’s Military Court on Thursday afternoon.
The five men were charged with
Nemtsov’s death in December 2015. A sixth suspect, Beslan Shavanov,
killed himself with a grenade while resisting arrest.
The men had been offered 15 million
rubles each ($240,000) to murder Nemtsov, the court heard.
Dadaev, a former officer in the Chechen
security forces, was found to have shot the the
opposition politician in the back on Feb 27, 2015 as he crossed
Moscow’s Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge.
The Gubashev brothers and Eskerkhanov traced Nemtov’s movements prior
to the killing, while Bakhayev provided information and helped the
group to hide after the murder, the court was told.
Prosecutors are currently investigating Ruslan Mukhudinov, a low-ranking
officer in the Chechen security services, for ordering the hit, despite
protests from the Nemtsov family that higher-ranking officials were
also involved. Mukhudinov has been wanted internationally since November
Zaur Dadayev, charged with involvement in the murder of Russian
opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, speaks inside a defendants’ cage in
Moscow, March 8, 2015.