Nemtsov ally dismisses Islamist motive in murder

A friend of slain Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov dismisses as “absurd” and politically motivated theories that radical Islamists were responsible for gunning him down.

Investigators have said they were looking into the possibility that the former deputy prime minister was killed over his support for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published images of the Prophet Mohammed.

The theory appeared to gain ground after a suspect from Russia’s Muslim North Caucasus region of Chechnya — which held a massive rally against the publication in January — confessed to his involvement in the assassination.


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