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Suspects in Nemtsov’s murder detained in Ingushetia

March 07, 2015, 23:47 UTC+3 NAZRAN

Head of the republic’s Security Council, Albert Barakhayev, has said that Dadayev had served in the Sever (North) Chechen police battalion for ten years

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NAZRAN, 7 March. /TASS/. Suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov have been detained in the Russian Caucasian republic of Ingushetia, head of the republic’s Security Council, Albert Barakhayev, told TASS on Saturday.

Barakhayev has said that one of the detainees, Anzor Gubashev, was detained while driving from the town of Malgobek to the local village Voznesenovskaya where his mother resides and the other suspect was detained in the city of Magas.

Besides, another brother of Gubashev had been detained, he said.

Members of the suspects’ families originated from Chechnya but moved to the village of Voznesenovskaya in 1960s.

Barakhayev said Gubashev and Dadayev had housing in the Chechen capital Grozny and were living there.

Dadayev had served in the Sever (North) Chechen police battalion for ten years.

Earlier in the day, Russian Investigative Committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin told TASS the Committee continued to identify persons involved in Nemtsov’s murder.

"Activities to expose persons involved in the crime, to whatever degree continues," Markin said.

"Within the probe into Nemtsov’s murder investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee alongside officers of the Federal Security Service /FSB/ and the Interior Ministry detained suspects Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev," he said.

"According to the investigation, the detained are involved in masterminding and execution of the murder," Markin said.

At the same time, FSB head Alexander Bortnikov told reporters that two persons suspected of murdering Nemtsov were detained on Saturday.

"As a result of the work done, we have detained today two people suspected of committing this crime - those are Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, natives of the Caucasian region," he said. "We continue necessary operative and investigative work."

Nemtsov, a co-leader of the RPR-Parnas party, was gunned down on a bridge in central Moscow at a blank-point range several hundred meters away from the Kremlin late on Friday night, February 27. The law enforcement agencies launched a criminal inquiry into the murder on charges of "murder" and "illegal circulation of firearms." The investigators are pursuing several lines of inquiry, including a contract killing. On March 3, Nemtsov was buried at Moscow’s Troyekurovskoye cemetery.

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