Zaur Dadayev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, stands inside a defendants' cage at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPP KIREEV
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A former Chechen police officer who admitted taking part in the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov "likely confessed under torture," a member of the Kremlin's human rights council told AFP Wednesday.The shooting of Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who became an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, just yards from the Kremlin was the highest-profile killing of an opposition leader during Putin's fifteen years in charge.Dadayev, a former deputy commander in a special Chechen police unit, was charged by a Moscow court Sunday with the murder alongside Anzor Gubashev who worked for a private security company. A court in Moscow heard the men were being probed under a section of the Russian criminal code relating to murders carried out for financial gain, in a sign investigators believe Nemtsov's murder was a hit.
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