Interfax: Probable Nemtsov murder weapon found

Nemtsov March of Mourning

(Interfax – June 3, 2015)

The police have found a handgun which probably killed opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a source familiar with the situation has told Interfax.

“The murder weapon has been found and enclosed in materials in the proceeding, examinations are in progress,” he said.

The source added that the detectives had found several handguns, each of which was examined. “Two handguns were found in the river, and there were also weapons found in homes of the suspects, among them Zaur Dadayev, but none of those was the murder weapon,” the source said.

“The handgun will be shown to the defendants, and they will have to answer questions of the detectives,” he said.

Interfax has yet to obtain a formal confirmation to this report.

Nemtsov was killed in downtown Moscow late on February 27.

Moscow’s Basmanny District Court sanctioned the arrest of five people as suspects in the Nemtsov murder case. These are Zaur Dadayev, who is suspected of firing the fatal shots, Anzor Gubashev, and their presumed accomplices Khamzat Bakhayev, Shadid Gubashev, and Temerlan Eskerkhanov.

Four suspects denied their involvement in the Nemtsov murder, and Dadayev made a confession, according to the warrant of his arrest.

A detective said that testimony by Dadayev who had been cooperating with the police implied the involvement of five suspects in the murder. Dadayev denied cooperating with the investigators and said that he was abducted on March 5 and taken to the Russian Investigative Committee only on March 7 and that he was forced to make a confession.