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Five men sentenced over Moscow killing of Boris Nemtsov

Russia jails five Boris Nemtsov killers for sentences ranging up to 20 years

A court in Russian Federation has sentenced five men convicted of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov to 20 years in jail.

The court also handed jail terms ranging from 11 to 19 years to four others convicted of helping Dadayev.

Moscow's District Military Court also fined each man 100,000 rubles ($1,670).

Boris Nemtsov rose to political prominence in the 1990s as a liberal reformer and deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin.

On Wednesday, prosecutors requested the court to hand down a sentence of life imprisonment for Dadayev and severer punishment for the rest of the defendants.

Boris Nemtsov, who was in strict opposition to the current Russian leadership, was shot dead on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow, several hundred metres from the Kremlin, on the night of 28 February 2015. Evidence in the case points to high-ranking government officials in Russia's restive republic of Chechnya, led by Mr. Kadyrov, an ally of Mr. Putin who enjoys the support and protection of the Kremlin.

Zaur Dadayev, a former member of Chechnya's security forces, was notified of the hefty jail term on Thursday. His brazen murder that sent shockwaves through the Russian opposition.

In the months before his death he had written detailed reports alleging corruption by Putin, and voiced fears that the Russian president would have him killed.

The convicted men - Dadayev, brothers Shadid and Anzor Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev - are all ethnic Chechens from Russia's volatile North Caucasus.

Relatives and former associates of Nemtsov believe his killing was ordered at a higher level and say that justice will not be done unless the real masterminds are identified and prosecuted.

Dadayev and his fellow Chechens were convicted of killing Nemtsov in late June.

Nemtsov's family has said they still want to find those responsible for ordering the assassination.