MOSCOW, March 30 (RAPSI) – Zaur Dadayev who stands charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov named a man who allegedly provided a gun and promised money for the assasination, Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources close to the investigation.

Dadayev said that a man called Ruslik from Chechnya gave him a gun, provided a car and promised 5 million rubles (about $87,000) to each member of the group for killing Nemtsov, according to Kommersant.

Investigators are now gathering information on the man and his alleged involvement in the murder.

Nemtsov, co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS) and former first deputy prime minister in the Yeltsin government, was fatally shot as he walked home with a girlfriend in central Moscow late on the night of February 27.

He joined the opposition in the 2000s.

Investigators are considering several motives for Nemtsov’s murder, including contract killing. 

They have abandoned their initial theory, according to which Nemtsov was murdered for his statements about the shooting at the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. It turned out that none of the suspects had met the opposition leader personally, most of them did not know anything about him, and, as their relatives said, none of them were devout believers.

Five men were detained on suspicion of killing Nemtsov: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev, Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.