Ramzan Kadyrov, the thug who runs Chechnya for Vladimir Putin
One of two men accused of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is a decorated former soldier who once received a bravery award issued by the Kremlin, it has been confirmed.
Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, both from Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region, were charged with Mr Nemtsov’s killing at Moscow’s Basmanny Court on Sunday afternoon.
In an extraordinary statement posted on his Instagram account on Sunday evening, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-loyal leader of Chechnya, said that Mr Dadayev was known to him as a “fearless and brave” “patriot of Russia” who was “ready to give his life for the Motherland” and had served as the deputy commander of a Russian interior ministry battalion based in Grozny.
Mr Kadyrov also praised another suspect in the murder who reportedly blew himself up with a grenade as police surrounded him in the Chechen capital on Saturday evening, saying that he was “as brave a warrior” as Mr Dadayev.
Mr Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and a sharp critic of Vladimir Putin, was shot dead as he walked on a bridge near the Kremlin with his girlfriend on February 27, prompting a worldwide outcry…