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One of two men charged with the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is a former senior policeman from Chechnya, Reuters reports.
Zaur Dadayev is said to have confessed to involvement in the crime.
Five men appeared in court today in relation to Mr Nemtsov's killing in Moscow. Judge Natalia Mushnikova ordered that all five men should remain in custody.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin ally, said Dadayev, was a pious Muslim who had been angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Kadyrov described Dadayev as "a true patriot of Russia" who had received several medals for bravery but had subsequently resigned from his interior ministry regiment for reasons the Chechen leader said were unclear.
One of the suspects charged with the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has admitted to his role in the killing, a court has heard.
The judge, sitting at Moscow's Basmanny court, said Zaur Dadayev had confessed to investigators that he was involved in shooting Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in the city last week.
He was remanded in custody until April 28.
Three other suspects have also been detained in connection with the killing, while the court has yet to make a decision on whether to detain a fifth man, Anzor Gubashev, who has also been charged with involvement in murder.
Two suspects have been charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a spokeswoman for the Moscow Court has said.
Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev were due to appear in court today charged with killing the vocal Kremlin critic, who was shot four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in Moscow last week.
Three others have also been detained in connection with his death.
Two more murder suspects have been detained by police in Russia over the death of vocal Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, Agence France-Presse reports.
The men, reportedly both from the Chechnya region, are being questioned alongside two others arrested yesterday.
Former Prime Minister Nemtsov, aged 55, was shot four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in Moscow last week.
Two suspects have been detained over the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, the Interfax news agency reports, citing the head of the country's federal security service.
Open Kremlin critic Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in Moscow last week.
The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov had a "political subtext", President Vladimir Putin has said.
In a speech at a meeting with interior ministry officials, Putin - who often came under criticism from Nemtsov - said the country should be "freed" of such killings.
The head of the Russian security service, FSB, said they have identified "several suspects" in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, according to the TASS news agency.
Open Kremlin critic Nemtsov, aged 55, was shot four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in Moscow last week.
Thousands of people attended his funeral yesterday.
Thousands have paid their last respects at the funeral of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow.
Orindary citizens were joined by Russian and foreign dignitaries as they mourned the opposition leader who was gunned down last week.
ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports:
Thousands of mourners and Russian dignitaries have paid their respects, filing past the white-lined coffin of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as he lay in state.
People gathered in the streets outside the Sakharov Centre museum in Moscow to watch as the coffin was ceremoniously carried to a hearse, before throwing carnations onto the hood as it passed by.
He was then taken for burial at a cemetery on the western edge of the city. A Russian Orthodox priest chanted and said blessings as a smaller party, including family and around 100 guests, looked on.
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