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Court to question Russian senior investigator in Nemtsov’s murder case

The court has satisfied a motion filed by a lawyer of one of the defendants in the case

MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS/. The Moscow Military District Court will question as a witness General Igor Krasnov, a deputy chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee, in the case of the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

The court has satisfied a motion filed by a lawyer of one of the defendants in the case, Zaur Dadayev.

"The motion from the defense on questioning Krasnov is accepted," the judge announced.

Dadayev’s lawyer Shamsudin Tsakayev earlier submitted a motion to question Krasnov, since the deputy chairman of the Investigative Committee signed a protocol ordering expert study on bullets' cartridges.

Nemtsov, former deputy prime minister under then-President Boris Yeltsin, co-chairman of the Parnas party and lawmaker of the Yaroslavl regional legislature, was gunned down in downtown Moscow on February 27, 2015. Five persons were arrested on March 8 last year on suspicion of murdering the politician: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubahev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev.

Depending on their role and degree of their involvement, they are pressed with charges under part 2, article 105 ("Contract Murder Committed by an Organized Group") and part 3, article 222 of Russia’s Criminal Code ("Illegal Acquisition, Transfer, Storage, Transportation and Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by an Organized Group"). Article 105 carries a punishment of up to life imprisonment.

The suspected organizer of the murder is Ruslan Mukhudinov, a former officer of the Chechen "Sever" battalion. Mukhudinov has been charged in absentia. He has been on the international wanted list since November 2015. A criminal case against him and other unidentified persons is investigated separately.