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Russia Update: March 10, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Chechen Suspect in Nemtsov Case Resigned from Interior Ministry Troops on Day Before Murder
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Zaur Dadayev, the suspect in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, discovered to be a decorated officer of the Interior Ministry troops of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov,  resigned from his position the day before the murder, reports. RosBalt cites a Rossiya-1 broadcast with an interview with Igor Grudnov, deputy commander of the troops of the North Caucasus regional command of the RF Interior Ministry forces. Grudnov says (translation by The Interpreter):

His report was accepted. On January 27 he was on vacation for 2015 for 30 days, until February 28. As he went on vacation, he was dismissed through the established procedure and removed from the list of the military unit.

The wording of the report suggests that Dadayev resigned, and then used up his vacation days before the date of his dismissal, but doesn't explain the reason for his resignation. Also, the deputy commander must have misspoke, as depending on how the days are counted, including January 27 or starting January 28, 30 days would take him until February 25 or 26, not February 28, given that January has 31 days.

Dadayev, who received awards for his service from Kadyrov, has confessed to the murder of Nemtsov, sources in the investigation have claimed.

When the news was released about Dadayev's arrested on March 7, Kadyrov respoded by saying he was a "brave warrior" and a devout Muslim, and said he would investigate the circumstances of his departure from the service.

Dadayev served in what was originally called the 46th Separate Operations Brigade of the Interior Ministry, and was later renamed the Sever [North] Battalion.

In Russia, the Interior Ministry is in charge of the police, including riot police, and also maintains its own troops which are used in putting down unrest and insurgencies such as in Chechnya.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick