A former Chechen police officer who admitted to taking part in the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov “likely confessed under torture”, a member of the Kremlin’s rights council told AFP Wednesday.
“There are reasons that lead us to believe Zaur Dadayev confessed under torture,” said Andrei Babushkin, adding he had seen “numerous wounds” on the body of the prime suspect in the killing during a visit to his Moscow prison cell on Tuesday.
The 55-year-old Nemtsov was shot four times in the back on February 27 as he walked along a bridge in central Moscow with his girlfriend.
The killing sent shivers through an opposition that accuses Putin of steadily suppressing dissent, and accused the Kremlin of being behind the murder of one of its last outspoken critics.
Investigators have said they were also probing the possibility he was assassinated for criticizing Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict or as part of a plot to destabilize the country.
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