MOSCOW, March 24 (RAPSI) – Appeals filed by four defendants in the case on killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, over alleged tortures and unreasonable stay in detention were transferred to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), lawyer Rosa Magomedova said on Friday at a press-conference in Rosbalt news agency.

Magomedova represents interests of Zaur Dadayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov in the ECHR. According to the lawyer, her clients as well as other defendants in the case, Anzor and Shadid Gubashevs filed the appeals. Dadayev is appealing against alleged torture, while in case of Eskerkhanov there is still an option to continue judicial proceedings in Russia. Other appeals are related to detention conditions and detention itself.

Pretrial investigation into the case has been completed. Zaur Dadayev, brothers Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev have been charged along with Tamerlan Eskerkhanov with contract murder and illegal acquisition, carrying and keeping of weapons. Ruslan Mukhudinov, a former officer in Chechen Interior Ministry, is believed to be the mastermind of the murder. He was placed on the international wanted list.

On December 13, Russian authorities offered Eskerkhanov 6,000 euros as compensation to quash his complaint to the ECHR. Eskerkhanov filed an application with the ECHR alleging violation of his rights. Eskerkhanov complained of a number of violations over the conditions of his detention and extension of its duration, Magomedova said earlier. 

Boris Nemtsov, 55, a prominent opposition politician, who held a number of high-ranking posts in the Russian Government in the 1990s and in the 2000s joined the opposition, was shot down in the center of Moscow as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin on the night of February 28, 2015. Investigators believe that the conspirators in the murder had thoroughly prepared to commit this crime: they studied Nemtsov’s schedule, spied upon him, prepared suitable weapons, vehicles and communication equipment. On the day of the murder, 28 February, after following Nemtsov from his home, at about 11.31 p.m. Dadayev, having received a signal from Anzor Gubashev and Shavanov that the situation was suitable for the murder, shot Nemtsov at least six times, according to investigation.