Russian authorities detain 2 suspects in Boris Nemtsov murder probe

Russian pay tribute to Boris Nemtsov at the site in Moscow where he was killed, Feb. 28, 2015.

KIEV, Ukraine — Russian authorities have detained two men on suspicion of killing opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, state media reported the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov as saying on Saturday.
Phone taps and evidence left in the getaway car led investigators on Saturday to Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev — both from the restive North Caucasus — according to Bortnikov, whose comments were carried by the state's Rossiya 24 television channel.
"The necessary operational and investigative procedures are continuing," the FSB head said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been informed of the suspects' detention. Putin has called Nemtsov's killing a "disgrace."
Nemtsov's lawyer Vadim Prokhorov welcomed the detainments. "This is good news," he said.
Bortnikov's statement on state television suggests the Kremlin wants to put its best face forward to the public and show it's taking the investigation seriously.
Ilya Yashin, Nemtsov's colleague from liberal opposition group Republican Party of Russia-Party of People's Freedom, urged investigators to be completely transparent about the evidence gathered that points to Dadayev and Gubashev.
"The FSB should clearly and publicly prove that the detainees are actually involved in the crime," he said.
Often times the state produces "reduced" evidence that allows for only the perpetrators and not the organizers of crimes to be apprehended, Yashin added.
"If the investigation is really interested in establishing the killer, it is obliged to check for involvement in the crime of high-ranking officials who criticized Nemtsov in recent years," he said. "Everyone — including the President of Russia" should be investigated.
Nemtsov Moscow, Russia

A police officer stands guard at the scene of the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris in central Moscow early Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
A source involved in the investigation said the "organizers" and person who ordered Nemtsov's murder are still at large.
Nemtsov was killed when he was shot four times in the back shortly before midnight local time on Feb. 27 while while walking with Ukrainian girlfriend Anna Duritskaya in central Moscow. Duritskaya has said she "didn't see anything" because it all happened so fast.
Ukrainian authorities granted her extra protection on Friday after she complained about receiving death threats while staying at her family home 55 miles south of Kiev.
Anna Duritskaya, Nemtsov girlfriend

In this photo taken on Aug. 28, 2012, Anna Duritskaya poses for a photo for a modeling portfolio in Kiev, Ukraine.
There are many competing theories about who killed Nemtsov and why. The Kremlin has denied allegations from opposition colleagues of Nemtsov that it played a role in his murder.
Nemtsov was an outspoken critic of Putin and a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first post-Soviet president. Many people thought him to be Yeltsin's successor. But Putin was tapped instead of him.
Nemtsov's 30-year-old daughter Zhanna Nemtsova told CNN she has no faith in the Russian investigation into her father's murder.
"I cannot blame [Putin] directly, [but] I would say that our authorities, including the president of Russia, have political responsibility as the head of state," she said.

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