Ramzan Kadyrov (left) and Boris Nemtsov. Collage made by the Caucasian Knot. Photo: press service of the Chechen Administration; REUTERS/Grigory Dukor.

05 March 2021, 08:43

Kadyrov responds with harsh criticism to journalists' conclusions about Nemtsov's murder

After the Kremlin's restrained reaction to the inquiry by the "Mediazona" and "Scanner Project" into the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Ramzan Kadyrov has sharply criticized the journalists for their conclusions, suggesting them to "work out" not the Chechen, but the Ukrainian trace in the murder of the oppositionist.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported about the joint journalistic investigation conducted by the "Mediazona" and the Scanner Project. According to the above journalistic investigation, the chronology of calls and videos and the information about air travel points to the involvement of several natives of Chechnya in the assassination of Boris Nemtsov: they were not sentenced, although identified.

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow on February 27, 2015. In 2017, the court found five natives of Chechnya guilty of committing the murder, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 11 to 20 years.

Ramzan Kadyrov has reacted to the journalists' inquiry by stating that there was no link of the customer of Nemtsov's murder with Chechnya.

"Those who invent and spread such lies, instead of looking at where the obvious traces lead, are blindly repeating the same absurd thoughts from year to year," the head of Chechnya has stated, calling the journalists-investigators "Western puppets."

The main traces in Nemtsov's murder lead not to Chechnya, but to Ukraine, Kadyrov believes. "Why is Ukraine so often figuring in this case? […] On that night, a Ukrainian woman, his companion, was with Nemtsov. The pistol from which he was shot dead had been reportedly brought from Ukraine; the killer was hiding there. And according to some sources, he was recruited also in Ukraine," the head of Chechnya said in a message of a Telegram channel.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 4, 2021 at 10:21 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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