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>> The man who murdered Russia's opposition leader has been handed a 20 year jail sentence. Zaur Dadayev was convicted of shooting Boris Nemtsov dead in 2015. The former soldier is the one who pulled the trigger, according to state prosecutors. Terms of 11 to 19 years were given to four other men convicted of being his accomplices.
Nemtsov was one of Putin's most vocal critics. He was killed as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin after dining with his girlfriend. He'd been working on a report examining Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine. Last month the same court found the five men guilty of killing Nemtsov, but the late politicians allies said the investigation had been a cover up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.
>> What can we say about the sentencing? Its main shortcoming is that neither organizers nor those who ordered it were on trial. And namely, we representatives of Zhanna Nemtsov will press on with maximum force in the future. We really hope that the organizers and those that ordered this crime will sooner or later be on trial and they will receive harsher punishment.
>> Prosecutors said the group had followed Nemtsov around the Russian capital and had been promised a bounty of almost $250 thousand between them for the high profile assassination. Dadayev still protesting innocence though. His lawyer telling Reuters after the sentencing that there was incontrovertible proof that his client had not committed the crime.