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Suspicion greets arrest of suspects in Nemtsov’s killing

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Russia's security service head has announced that two suspects in the killing of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov have been detained, but the short and vague announcement yesterday prompted only scepticism and weak satisfaction from his comrades.

Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov, in comments shown on state television, said the two suspects were from Russia's North Caucasus region, but gave no details other than their names.

He said they were "suspected of carrying out this crime", but it wasn't clear if either of the suspects was believed to have fired the shots that killed Nemtsov as he and a companion walked over a bridge near the Kremlin. No charges were immediately announced.

Bortnikov didn't say where the detentions took place, how they were conducted or what led agents to the suspects.




In a separate statement, the country's top investigative body praised "the reaching of the first successes in such a short period", but shed no further light. The lack of details appears likely to reinforce suspicions of the investigation's sincerity.

Nemtsov's killing shocked Russia's already beleaguered and marginalised opposition supporters. Suspicion in the opposition is high that the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for Nemtsov's adamant criticism of President Vladimir Putin.