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Russia Update: April 6, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The attorney for Zaur Dadayev, the main suspect in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, will request that he be given a jury trial, reported. Dadayev also announced that he has an alibi for the time of the murder of Nemtsov, RosBalt reports.

He says he was in a restaurant on Nezhinskaya Street and then headed back to an apartment where he was staying on Veyernaya Street.

Dadayev said he confessed to the murder only because he was threatened with death, reported. also reported that investigators have also interrogated Governor Sergei Yastrebov of Yaroslavl Region and his deputy, Aleksandr Senin, who was forced to step down from his post after exposes of alleged corruption by Nemtsov and his fellow party members in the Yaroslavl legislature.

Nemtsov seat in the Yaroslavl Duma will pass to another member of his party RPR-Parnas.

Over the weekend, supporters and opponents of Nemtsov clashed on the bridge where he was killed. A 40-day memorial in the Russian Orthodox tradition is planned for tomorrow April 7.

Dadayev once served in the elite forces of the Interior Troops loyal to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, and was praised by him as a "brave warrior," although he conceded that if he had committed murder, he would have to face trial.

Ever since the investigator announced that the perpetrators were Chechens, independent Russian media and observers have asked when the connections will be made between these Chechen policemen or relatives of policemen, and the top leadership of the country.

These include two powerful Chechen senators, Adam Demlikhanov and his brother Suleiman Geremeyev, said to be related to the contractor of the assassination of Nemtsov.

This past week, Kadyrov, Adam Demlikhanov and others have been on a trip to the United Arab Emirates where they have sought investors.

Kadyrov uploaded to Instagram a photo of the group having a late-night tea:

Delimkhanov-Tea.jpgRamzan Kadyrov, 3rd from left, and Adam Demlikhanov, 2nd from left and other relatives and government associates in UAR April 2015.

In a post with the picture, Kadyrov wrote (translation by The Interpreter):

Dear Friends!

Last at night my dear brothers and I gathered for a cup of tea. State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, Magomed Daudov, head of the administration, Bekkhan Taymaskhanov, vice premier and representative of the Chechen Republic to the President of Russia, Khasan Khakimov, vice premier on questions of the economy; Galas Taymaskhanov described the meetings that took place in UAR during which were discussed issues of attracting investments in various spheres of the economy and also projects connected to education, health and tourism.

Kadyrov said UAE investors were looking at his proposals and had repeatedly visited Chechnya to discuss projects.

Russian Railways dropped its libel suit against Nemtsov due to his death, TASS reported. Nemtsov's attorney Vadim Prokhorov appealed to keep the case open, to clear Nemtsov's name. Russian Railways claims that a report published by Nemtsov, Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics was factually incorrect, a claim that his attorney and supporters reject.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick