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Two Suspects Arrested in Nemtsov's Murder Investigation

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankFlowers on murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov
Flowers on murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov - Sputnik International
On Saturday, law enforcers detained two men on suspicion of killing Russian politician Boris Nemtsov.

Anna Duritskaya poses for a photo for a modeling portfolio in Kiev. (File) - Sputnik International
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Two men were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov said Saturday.

According to Bortnikov, as cited by Rossiya-24 television channel, the suspects' names are Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev.

"According to investigators, the detainees were involved in organizing and committing the murder," the Russian Investigative Committee said Saturday.

The FSB head added that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the suspects' detention.

"Two suspects have been arrested as a result of work carried out today in connection with this crime. These suspects are Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadaev and the head of state has been informed," Bortnikov said.

Ilias Iliopoulos, a Greek defense analyst, asks who stands to benefit from the killing of Boris Nemtsov, noting that it isn't the Russian government. - Sputnik International
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Boris Nemtsov was fatally shot at 11:40 p.m. Moscow time on February 27 (20:40 GMT), while crossing a bridge next to the Kremlin with Anna Duritskaya, a Ukrainian model who has returned to Ukraine after questioning.

Duritskaya's lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, told RIA Novosti that the 23-year-old woman has not been requested to return to Russia for further questioning following Saturday's detention of suspects.

Shortly after the assassination, Putin ordered the Russian Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry and the FSB to set up a joint investigative team to solve the murder.

Paying last respects to politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow - Sputnik International
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Investigators have been pursuing several motives behind Nemtsov's murder, including possible links to the Ukrainian crisis, contract killing or business-related disputes.

In 1991, Boris Nemtsov was appointed the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. He was also a former deputy prime minister in the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin. At one point he was considered a likely presidential candidate. Nemtsov co-chaired the RPR-PARNAS (Republican Party of Russia – People's Freedom Party) since 2012 and was also one of the leaders of the liberal Solidarnost movement. Since September 2013 and until his death, Nemtsov served as a member of the Yaroslavl Region's parliament.

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