: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Chechens Take on Image of Putin’s Henchmen in Russia


On February 27, one of the leading Russian opposition figures, Boris Nemtsov, was brazenly assassinated in Moscow, near the Kremlin (see EDM, March 2). Nemtsov was known for criticizing President Vladimir Putin and his regime. Unexpectedly, however, the government quickly followed up with an investigation of the killing and soon detained five suspects. The suspects included individuals affiliated with the Chechen police, often referred to as “kadyrovtsy,” after Chechnya’s ruler, Ramzan Kadyrov. Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadaev are the primary suspects in the killing of Nemtsov. Another suspect, Beslan Shavanov, reportedly blew himself up with a grenade when police tried …read more

Source: The Jamestown Foundation

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