Chubais doubts Nemtsov murder motivated by religious hatred

The chief of Russian nanotechnology corporation Rusnano, Anatoly Chubais, does not believe that the killers of Boris Nemtsov were motivated by religious hatred.

"The motive being discussed, (that of) religious hatred - I don't know to what extent these are official data of investigators or journalistic theories - seems unconvincing to me," Chubais said in the Saturday News with Sergei Brilyov program.

"I have watched everything carefully what Boris Nemtsov said about Islam in the wake of the tragic events in France. He was not very respectful, of course, but no more than that. There was no malice, no insults. Even the suspects, as I understand, are not Islamic fundamentalists," Chubais said.

He stressed that he does not have private information and uses only open sources. "Overall, it seems to me that the named suspected perpetrators may have been in this role," Chubais said.

The Russian investigators probing Nemtsov's murder are top professionals, the Rosnano chief said.

Nemtsov was killed not far from the Kremlin in Moscow just before midnight on February 27. Five men have been arrested: Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev (the accused), Khamzat Bakhayev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Shadid Gubashev (suspects).

Preliminary data suggest that the politician was killed by Dadayev, a former commander of the Chechen "Sever" (North) battalion, a source in law enforcement authorities told Interfax earlier.

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