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Published On: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017

Nemtsov Murder Trial in Moscow: Chechen Suspects Claim Confessions Obtained by Coercion

nsnbc : Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, who have links to Chechen security services and who previously admitted to the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, now claim that interrogators used coercion to obtain video-recorded confessions.

Nemtsov_Moscow_Russia_Feb 28, 2015_NEOThe trial has long stressed sensitive and important relations between the Kremlin, President Putin and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

Anzor Gubashev is currently on trial in Moscow for assassinating Boris Nemtsov. A verdict is expected soon. During a previously-released on camera deposition Gubachev explaind the motives for assassinating Nemtsov saying, among others:

“We didn’t like his remarks about our state and our ruler. Then he started talking about the Prophet Mohammed. No one has the right to talk about Him — least of all Nemtsov, that scumbag.”

Video courtesy Novaya Gazeta

Gubachev’s on-camera deposition was published this Tuesday by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. The deposition was recorded on March 19, 2015. It is worth noting that Gubachev’s somewhat blurred voice and speech patterns, although they don’t reveal deception, are indicative of a person who is under the influence of drugs such as relatively high doses of Benzodiazepines, opioids or drugs that produce similar cognitive effects.

The newspaper also released another on-camera deposition by Zaur Dadayev in which he describes how he and two friends had tailed Boris Nemtsov before they assassinated him on the night of February 27, 2015, in central Moscow, not fra from the Kremlin. In his deposition Dadayev admitted that it was him who fired the six shots that killed Boris Nemtsov. In the deposition Dadayev claimed among others “We were proud that we got the chance to stand up for our Prophet.”

Video courtesy Novaya Gazeta

However, both Gubachev and Dadayev now changed their statement, claiming innocence, and stressing that coercion was used to obtain the on-camera confessions. Dadayev, a former member of Sever, the personal guard battalion of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, now said “I didn’t shoot Nemtsov. .. I don’t even know Nemtsov.”

Following the assassination of Boris Nemtsov Russia’s federal Security Service (FSB) investigated the case “vigorously” under the leadership of FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, who reported personally to President Putin. Dadayev and Bubachev were arrested within days.

While there have been some allegations that “Putin and Kadyrov” were involved, others would claim the involvement of circles around Nemtsov, or even foreign agencies whose countries could benefit from a deteriorations between the Kremlin and Chechnya. Both Putin and Kadyrov, for their parts stressed that they were deeply d saddened by the assassination – and so did leaders from around the world.

The strongest publicly known link between Kadyrov (according to some by implication also Putin) and the assassination is the fact that Dadayev is a former member of Kadyrov’s Chechen presidential guard. Then again, this “link” provides vague circumstantial evidence only, and Dadayev would not be the first member of a “personal protection unit” to turn to crime or even to assassinating the political leader the unit is supposed to protect.

The trial is and remains an explosive and highly sensitive issue. “Good relations” between Moscow and Chechnya are vital for the Russian Federation’s national security, especially considering that Chechnya and other Caucasian republics are plagued by radicalized Muslims who “join the men in the forest” or take abroad to fight alongside Islamist insurgents in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

CH/L – nsnbc 21.04.2017

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