As per the head of secret police, Russia acted quickly, and arrested two men suspecting them to have killed Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader. The director of the FSB-successor to KGB, Alexander Bortnikov, in an interview to Russian TV told that two men namely Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, resident, prima facie, of Caucasus had been arrested as per the revelations of the investigations so far in this connection. He added that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, had been informed about this development.
The mass media in Russia quoted investigative agency sources to convey that arrests had been based on the scrutiny of surveillance camera footage, phone records, and evidences gathered from the getaway car. As per the information collected the investigators had still no clue about the mastermind of the killing. The detentions have come within a week of the shooting dead of a former deputy prime minister and opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, near the Kremlin Walls. Nemtsov had been returning home after dining with his girlfriend in a nearby restaurant and passing through a bridge on 27th February late night when he was gunned down by unknown assailants. The chief of FSB has not divulged any other information on the killing.
The surveillance footage at the scene of occurrence showed a man getting into the getaway car and speeding it away. The Russian government had earlier denied any involvement, and called it a provocation aimed at discrediting the Kremlin. Friends of Nemtsov and critics of the present Russian government have pointed accusing fingers towards the CIA, radical Islamists, and even security services of Ukraine. However, the murder of Nemtsov has been the most high profile opposition leader’s death in the last 15 years, and has been most shocking to the civil society of Russia and the opponents of President Putin.
Nemtsov had been best known reformers of 1990s, and served first as governor of Nizhny Novgorod region and then deputy PM under Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin first had wanted to name Nemtsov as his successor, but later on nominated Putin.