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On Saturday, the head of Russia’s federal security service named Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev as suspects in the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
Anzor Gubashev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is escorted by a policeman at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Two men of Chechen origin, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev, were charged on March 8 with the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov as the five suspects in the case appeared in court to determine whether they will be officially placed in detention. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Three unidentified suspects detained over the killing of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov hide their faces inside the defendants' cage at the Basmanny district court in Moscow on March 8, 2015. Five suspects accused of involvement in the killing of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov appeared in court to determine whether they will be officially placed in detention. Two Chechens, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev were officially accused of 'the murder of Boris Nemtsov and three others are still suspects,' Anna Fadeyeva, spokeswoman for the court in central Moscow told the RIA Novosti news agency. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Suspect Tamerlan Eskerkhanov (R) detained over the killing of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov is escorted by a policeman in a court corridor in Moscow on March 8, 2015. Five suspects accused of involvement in the killing of Nemtsov appeared in court to determine whether they will be officially placed in detention. Two Chechens, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev were officially accused of 'the murder of Boris Nemtsov and three others are still suspects,' Anna Fadeyeva, spokeswoman for the court in central Moscow told the RIA Novosti news agency. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 27: Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov attends an opposition rally in center of Moscow on October 27, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Thousands of Russian opposition supporters marched through the Russian capital on Sunday protesting against President Vladimir Putin and calling for the release of people they cosider to be political prisoners. (Photo by Vasili Shaposhnikov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Stunned, thousands of Russians are laying flowers and lighting candles on this Moscow bridge ... where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down late Friday night. The vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin was due to lead a march on Sunday against the war in Ukraine as well as Kremlin policies on the economy ... but organizers say they've canceled the event.
Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have a history of either being killed or forced to flee their homeland — Boris Nemtsov is just the latest.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: Police guards the place of murders of Boris Nemtsov on Moskvoretsky bridge in Moscow, Russia on February 28, 2015. Russian opposition leader and formed Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead at night February 28 just a few steps from the Kremlin. (Photo by Dmitry Kuchev/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: Police officer guards the place of murders of Boris Nemtsov on Moskvoretsky bridge in Moscow, Russia on February 28, 2015. Russian opposition leader and formed Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead at night February 28 just a few steps from the Kremlin. (Photo by Dmitry Kuchev/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov attends a rally against the war in Ukraine September 21, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Thosands people gathered to protest against Vladimir Putin's policy and against the war with Ukraine in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Russian opposition leader and formed Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov speaks during a rally against the policies and intervention in Ukraine and a possible war in Crimea, on March 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Thousands of Moscouvits gathered for the rally in Central Moscow as Crimeans vote tomorrow on whether to secede and join Russia. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 12: Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks as Russian anti-Putin opposition activists hold a 'March of Millions' rally on the National Day of Russia on June 12, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. 'Russia Day' is a national holiday since 1992 celebrating independence from the USSR. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
Russia's Interior Ministry says Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister, has been shot and killed near the Kremlin. (Feb. 27)
A baby prepares to put a flower to the portraits of Boris Nemtsov during a memorial ceremony on Independence Square in Kiev on February 28, 2015. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladmir Putin, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend, investigators and police said. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
RusNano State Corporation CEO Anatoly Chubais (2nd R) arrives with floweres on February 28, 2015 at the spot, where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the center of Moscow. Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking in sight of the Kremlin late on February 27, prompting an international chorus of condemnation. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER UTKIN (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER UTKIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man cries on February 28, 2015 at the spot, where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the center of Moscow. Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking in sight of the Kremlin late on February 27, prompting an international chorus of condemnation. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER UTKIN (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER UTKIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 8: Suspects, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, are seen behind the bars at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 08 MARCH: Anzor Gubashev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is seen behind the bars at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Zaur Dadaev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is seen behind the bars at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 08 MARCH: Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is escorted by policemen at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 08 MARCH: Anzor Gubashev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is seen behind the bars at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 08 MARCH: A suspect is seen behind the bars as Basmanny Court of Moscow hold meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia on March 8, 2015. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Zaur Dadaev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, is escorted by policemen at the Basmanny district court in Moscow, on March 8, 2015. Basmanny Court of Moscow held meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 08 MARCH: A suspect is seen behind the bars as Basmanny Court of Moscow hold meetings to review the application for the arrest of suspects in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia on March 8, 2015. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Unidentified suspects detained over the killing of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov are escorted by policemen in a court corridor in Moscow on March 8, 2015. Five suspects accused of involvement in the killing of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov appeared in court to determine whether they will be officially placed in detention. Two Chechens, Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev were officially accused of 'the murder of Boris Nemtsov and three others are still suspects,' Anna Fadeyeva, spokeswoman for the court in central Moscow told the RIA Novosti news agency. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies say one of the suspects in the killing of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov has admitted involvement in the crime.

The reports cited the judge presiding at Zaur Dadaev's arraignment on Sunday.

Dadaev is among five suspects detained in the Feb. 27 killing, when Nemtsov was shot while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin.

The reports cited Judge Nataliya Mushnikova as saying Dadaev made a statement confirming his guilt, but did not specify his alleged actions.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Two men were formally charged Sunday in the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov and a hearing for three other suspects was under way, a court spokeswoman said.

Anna Fadeeva told reporters at the Basmanny courthouse in Moscow that Zaur Dadaev and Anzor Gubashev had been charged, Russian news reports said. She did not specify the charges.

Dadaev and Gubashev were identified as suspects by Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov a day earlier. Until three other men were also brought to the court on Sunday, there had been no official confirmation of other suspects.

Bortnikov gave no details of how the men were detained or specifics on how they were connected to the killings.

However, the state news agencies Tass and RIA Novosti said the pair was detained in Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya, citing Ingush Security Council chief Albert Barakhoev.

Dadaev served in a battalion of Interior Ministry troops in Chechnya, Barakhoev was quoted as saying.

He said the other, Gubashev, had worked in a private security company in Moscow, according to the reports.

There was scant information about the identity of the three other suspects. Barakhoev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying two others were seized at the same time as Dadaev and Gubashev. But there had been no official announcement of their detention.

Shortly before the court session began, Investigating Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin revealed there was a fifth suspect, but gave no details.

Nemtsov's killing shocked Russia's already beleaguered and marginalized opposition supporters. Suspicion in the opposition is high that the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for Nemtsov's adamant criticism of President Vladimir Putin. The 55-year-old Nemtsov was working on a report about Russian military involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict.

But Russia's top investigative body said it was investigating several possible motives, including that he was killed in an attempt to smear Putin's image. It also said it was looking into possible connections to Islamic extremism and Nemtsov's personal life.

Chechnya, where Dadaev reportedly worked, was wracked by two wars over the past 20 years between Russian forces and separatists increasingly allied with fundamentalist Islam. Although the insurgency died down in Chechnya several years ago, attacks attributed to Islamic militants sporadically occur in nearby regions.

Chechnya's strongman Kremlin-backed president Ramzan Kadyrov has imposed an Islam-tinged rule on the region, including the mandatory wearing of headscarves by women. Kadyrov, himself a former rebel, has been widely accused of rampant human rights abuses including executions and abductions of opponents.

Many believe that Nemtsov's death in a tightly secured area near the Kremlin wouldn't have been possible without official involvement, and could be an attempt to scare other government foes.

Putin, who had dubbed Nemtsov's killing a "provocation," made no comment on the detentions announced Saturday.

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