Suspects named in Nemtsov’s murder

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 3/2/2015

Dudayev Battalion militants suspected in Nemtsov murder

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

The Nemtsov murder investigation has focused on the theory
that the crime was organized  by a
Chechen militant commander Adam Osmayev, of the Dzhokhar Dudayev battalion, who
also was named in the case concerning the attempt to assassinate Vladimir
Putin. Investigators are allowing for the possibility that the militants, who
fought against DPR and LPR, operated at the behest of Ukrainian secret
services, since the murder of the opposition leader would have discredited the
Russian leadership and destabilize the political situation.

A law enforcement source had told the media that the
investigating group has evidence that Ukrainian secret services played a role
in Nemtsov’s murder. On the day of the murder the Investigative Committee
spokesperson Vladimir Markin announced that the investigators are studying the
possibility the murder was intended to destabilize the political situation in
the country.

“The murder could have been used as a provocation to
destabilize the situation, with Nemtsov becoming a sort of a sacrificial lamb
for those who are not overly choosy in their political methods,” Markin told
Izvestiya.

The investigators are also working on other versions:
political, extremist, business, and personal. However, judging by the quality
of preparation and implementation, it was done by professionals. The Izvestiya
source said that the killer shot Nemtsov only a few tens of meters from the
Kremlin, and it since became known that the murder took place in a spot not
covered by a surveillance camera. Moreover, they chose a time during which
there are no traffic jams, but there is still heavy traffic in the center which
allowed the killers’ car to become lost among other vehicles.

The information that Ukraine’s special services ordered the
murder is being verified. The bandits may have performed a mission assigned by
Ukrainian secret services, but also avenged the death of their former leader
Isa Munaev. He was killed on February 1 during the battle for Debaltsevo, after
which the battalion’s command was taken over by Adam Osmayev.

The so-called Dzhokhar Dudayev international peacekeeping
battalion is fighting on Ukraine’s side, and was formed by Munaev in March
2014. Munaev fought in the first Chechen campaign against Russian forces, and
after 1999 he declared himself the commander of the South-Western sector and
participated in organizing acts of terrorism.

Munaev fled Chechnya in 2006 for Denmark, where he received
asylum. He founded the movement “Free Caucaus” which, according to secret
services, financed terrorists. When in 2014 the Ukrainian government launched
the ATO against LPR and DPR, Munaev went to Ukraine and declared the formation
of his battalion. Russian sources indicate that he was personally invited Igor
Kolomoisky, who financed the battalion. The battalion’s core were Chechen
immigrants in Denmark, and citizens of other countries who belonged to
terrorist organizations.

Isa Munaev was one of the individuals, along with the commanders
of Azov and Dnepr, who supported terrorism on Russia’s soil and who were
ordered delivered to Chechnya by Ramzan Kadyrov.

Russian services are trying to establish how many people
participated in the preparation and implementation of Nemtsov’s murder. It
cannot be ruled out that, in addition to killers and spotters, there were also “controllers”
in Moscow who observed the murder’s aftermath and political effect. One of them
may have been the Ukrainian deputy Aleksey Goncharenko. Experts who were
questioned by Izvestiya believe the theory of foreign secret service
involvement to have merit.

J.Hawk’s Comment: If true, that would have been about as big
a blow that could have been struck by the Ukrainian secret services, because it
is aimed at several fissures all at once. It not only creates yet another irritant in Russia’s
relations with the West, but also threatens to undermine peace in Chechnya, and
to stir-up anti-Chechen sentiment in Russia. Moreover, many members of the “liberal”
“opposition” in Russia (especially Aleksey Navalnyy) are stridently
anti-Chechen (and anti-minority in general) and lean in the direction of ethnic
Russian nationalism. 

Finally, Ukrainian nationalists have more than once called for the resumption of the “jihad” against Russia, and applauded when Islamist militants struck in Groznyy a few months ago. 

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