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Suspect charged with killing Putin foe tells court he was beaten, pressured to confess

  • A Russian national flag, flowers and posters reading "No words, Propaganda kills, Boris, and Nemtsov Bridge" are placed where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 28, 2015, with the Kremlin wall is in the background. People continue to offer flowers and candles in memory of Nemtsov even after one month of his death. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    A Russian national flag, flowers and posters reading "No words, Propaganda kills, Boris, and Nemtsov Bridge" are placed where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 28, 2015, with the Kremlin wall is in the background. People continue to offer flowers and candles in memory of Nemtsov even after one month of his death. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman lays a bunch of flowers at a place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 28, 2015. People continue to offer flowers and candles in memory of Nemtsov even after one month of his death. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    A woman lays a bunch of flowers at a place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 28, 2015. People continue to offer flowers and candles in memory of Nemtsov even after one month of his death. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

A man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess.

Five people have been detained in connection with Nemtsov's shooting on Feb. 27. Zaur Dadaev was the only one who, according to a judge and investigators, confessed to the killing.

Russian news agencies on Wednesday quoted Dadaev as telling the court that he had been abducted, beaten and pressured to confess to the shooting.

At a court hearing in March, Dadaev didn't admit guilt in the courtroom and later retracted his confession while a human rights activist who visited Dadaev in jail last month talked about signs of torture on Dadaev's body.

Nemtsov's killing just outside the Kremlin's walls shocked Russia's already beleaguered opposition supporters.