A man convicted of the murder of the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, after a trial denounced by the family and allies of the Kremlin critic as a cover-up.
Zaur Dadayev was jailed for 20 years by a Moscow military court while the others were given 11 to 19 years.
Prosecutors had asked for Zaur Dadayev to be sentenced to life and it was not immediately clear why the judge chose the shorter term.
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A sixth suspect in the killing died while police tried to arrest him. She also demanded a 23-year prison term for Anzor Gubashev, a 21-year prison sentence for Shadid Gubashev, 19 years in prison for Eskerkhanov and 17 years for Bakhayev.
The scene in the courtroom in Moscow as the sentences were delivered
Nemtsov, who was deputy prime minister under president Boris Yeltsin, was openly critical of Putin's decision to annex Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Dadayev was an officer in the security forces of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who many Nemtsov supporters have said should have been questioned in the case. "Why hasn't Ramzan Kadyrov been summoned to court?"
State prosecutors said the group had followed Nemtsov around the Russian capital and been promised a bounty of 15 million roubles ($AU320,000) between them for the high-profile assassination.
Last month a jury found Dadayev and his associates guilty of organising the murder of Nemtsov in February 2015 as he walked... "It's the biggest crime of the century and yet they haven't identified the real organizers or those who ordered it", Prokhorov said. In particular, Dadayev was found guilty of firing shots at Nemtsov on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in central Moscow, which led to the politician's death.