MOSCOW — The former Chechen security services officer convicted of gunning down opposition leader Boris Nemtsov a few steps away from the Kremlin was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, and four accomplices were sentenced to serve between 11 and 19 years behind bars.
Nemtsov was assassinated shortly before midnight on Feb. 27, 2015, as he and his girlfriend were walking home across a bridge that links Red Square with a residential neighborhood.
The prosecutors in the case had asked the court to sentence the gunman, Zaur Dadayev, who was convicted last month, to life in prison. They said Thursday that they might appeal the judge’s decision.
A jury found Dadayev, an officer in the security services of the Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan A. Kadyrov, and four accomplices guilty, but Nemtsov’s family and his supporters have said the people who ordered the killing remain at large.
The killing of Nemtsov, a charismatic opposition leader who antagonized the Kremlin, was the most prominent political murder in Russia since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999.
New York Times