Anna Politkovskaya was an outstanding woman, devoted writer, and Human Rights activist. On October 7th 2006, a group of cowards assassinated her because they were afraid to face the truth. She was murdered because she exposed the crimes of the Russian government. Throughout the years Politkovskaya had been tracked down, followed, and investigated but that did not discourage her. Even after several failed assassination attempts, she kept going because she knew that she possessed a gift that was no match for the Russian government. She had the gift of writing, and wrote about the facts. Anna revealed the secrets that government tried kept hidden, and exposed their evil deeds. Even though her life was at stake she never gave up, she knew that it was her duty to keep the world informed. The world will never forget her. We salute Anna Politkovskaya.
Investigators have detained the suspected organizer of the murder of journalistAnna Politkovskayain 2006 — who, it turns out, was a mumbling secret witness for prosecutors at a failed trial into her killing.
Politkovskaya's family and colleagues welcomed the development but said it should have come years ago. They also voiced fears the suspect, retired senior Moscow police investigator Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, would be made a scapegoat, allowing the still-unidentified mastermind of the killing to evade justice.
Pavlyuchenkov was detained late Tuesday, and a Moscow district court is expected to authorize his arrest Thursday, the Investigative Committee said.
Investigators believe that Pavlyuchenkov arranged the murder of Politkovskaya, a Novaya Gazeta reporter who was shot dead in her apartment building in downtown Moscow, after being contacted by the mastermind, the committee said in astatementWednesday.
The committee did not specify the price of the contract killing but said it "has information about the alleged mastermind of the crime." No details were available.
The committee said Pavlyuchenkov assembled a team to carry out the killing. Earlier reports said the team comprised three Chechen brothers with the surname Makhmudov — ...
RETIRED POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ORGANIZING POLITKOVSKAYA MURDER
PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2011.
Reporters Without Borders is delighted to learn that the Russian authorities yesterday arrested a retired Moscow police officer on suspicion of organizing the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazetareporter Anna Politkovskaya in return for money.
"This is a major step that is long overdue,” Reporters Without Borders said. "We are pleased that after four years of foot-dragging there now seems to be a real determination to press ahead with the investigation. Tribute must be paid to the persistence of Novaya Gazeta’s journalists, which has clearly played a role
"We must nonetheless continue to be very cautious about the subsequent course of the investigation. As it advances, the security services will be strongly tempted to restrict blame to a few people who have already been identified and to close the case as soon as possible. The committee in charge of the investigation must pursue ...
On October 7, 2006, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in the lift of her Moscow apartment building. She had been a strident critic of the government of President Putin and it was widely thought that her murder was a political act.
Over a 12 month period, from 2003 to 2004 the director Erick Bergkraut filmed exclusive interviews with Anna for another story. He ended up with several hours of interviews as well as photographs. Anna's story haunted him.
Why had this elegant, articulate, and passionate woman been murdered in cold blood? Politkovskaya was a champion for those who were society's weakest, for those who had no rights. Was it because she had taken a stand against the war in Chechnya?
Anna's life had been in jeopardy before. In September 2004, she flew to Beslen in order to mediate with terrorists who had invaded a school taking students ...
European Parliament commemorates Anna Politkovskaya
Oct 07 2010, 22:50
On October 6, the European Parliament paid tribute to journalist Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated right four years ago.
"October 7 marks the fourth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's murder. She paid the ultimate price for dedicating her life to revealing the truth about the situation in the North-Caucasian region of Russia," said Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Parliament, at a plenary session.
Mr Buzek called Russian authorities to investigate the murders of Politkovskaya and other journalists and human rights defenders committed over recent years, the Radio Liberty reports. "The perpetrators shall be brought to justice," the "Interfax" quotes the head of the European Parliament as saying.
By Kathy Lally Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, October 8, 2010; A8
MOSCOW - Perhaps 200 people, more elderly than not, gathered Thursday in the late afternoon sunlight near a busy Moscow metro station to challenge the authorities and to remember a dead journalist.
The authorities were watching. They had dispatched three busloads of young men - and a few young women - special police in black leather jackets and black berets. An ambulance stood by.
Four years ago Thursday, at 4:03 p.m., Anna Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old reporter, was fatally shot in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building. She is one of 52 journalists killed in Russia since 1992. Her death has not been solved, though the investigation continues.
Her reporting about the war in Chechnya had angered the authorities as she traveled fearlessly in the war zone, investigating Chechen complaints of abuse at the hands of Russian soldiers and describing ...
IFJ Marks Fourth Anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya Murder by Call for Justice
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya by urging the Russian authorities to ensure justice for her and her long-suffering family and colleagues.
"Her killer has been named but not caught, his alleged accomplices have been put on trial but acquitted, and those behind her murder appear to have got away scot-free ," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "The way her murder has been handled is an indictment of the Russian justice system. Her family and friends have endured much distress and frustration and it is time to put an end to this."
The IFJ says the recent announcement by Russia's chief investigator of plans to re-examine 19 deaths of journalists since 2000 is a positive development but must be backed up by real deeds tackling ...
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PUTIN'S COLONIAL WAR On 6 August 1996, three days before Yeltsin was to stumble through the especially shortened ceremony inaugurating his second term as Russian President, Chechen forces suddenly attacked and recaptured a string of major towns, including the battle-blasted capital, Grozny. It was the success of this assault—coupled with the unending and increasingly unpopular stream of Russian casualties—that persuaded Yeltsin to sue for peace, and within a month General Aleksandr Lebed and the Chechens’ military commander Aslan Maskhadov had signed the Khasavyurt accords, seemingly bringing to an end the brutal conflict that has been dubbed ‘Yeltsin’s Vietnam’. Five years later, Russia is once again involved in a murderous war in Chechnya, waged as before largely on a civilian population living beneath ruins or in ‘filtration centres’ that echo unapologetically Nazi concentration camps or the Soviet Gulag. But where the first Chechen war was widely unpopular, seen as a needless waste ... >>full
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