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    All Defendants in Nemtsov Murder Case Plead Not Guilty

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    All five defendants in the case regarding the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov pleaded not guilty, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Monday from the court room.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a court in Moscow started the murder case proceedings. After the prosecutor announced an indictment, none of the defendants admitted they were guilty.

    On February 27, 2015, Nemtsov, who occupied a number of senior positions in the Russian government in the 1990s, and was an active opposition figure in the 2000s, was shot dead in downtown Moscow.

    Five persons were detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder, namely Hamzat Bakhayev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, Shadid and Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev. The alleged mastermind of the murder, Ruslan Mukhudinov, has been arrested in absentia.

    Murder of Russian Politician Boris Nemtsov (80)


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