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.
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on April, 2005 as Anna Politkovskaya
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" Many analysts including Chechen ones, express opinion, that the next Russian-Chechen war was favorable to Putin in the beginning of his career to come to the authority and to become stronger in the Kremlin, but now Putin would like "a pacification of the Caucasus", as he has already built his "vertical of authority" and does not need propaganda use of "the Chechen card" any more. To the question, why Putin in this case does not begin a real political settlement of the Russian-Chechen conflict, in most cases they refer to a certain "mafia", which consists of Moscow financiers, commands of occupational forces in the Chechen Republic and the puppet officials terribly interested in the continuation of the war, bringing them fabulous benefits with larceny of the "regenerative" and "compensatory" money. And this mafia also blocks - "at the level of intentions" - any ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on March, 2005 as Anna Politkovskaya
Fears grow over Putin's control of Russian media Reporter: Emma Griffiths TONY JONES: To Russia, where political control of the media has been a growing concern ever since President Vladimir Putin came to power five years ago.
But after the tragic school siege in Beslan last month, there are fears that government control is reaching a new extreme.
Some journalists were detained.
Some suspect they were even drugged to prevent them from reaching the North Ossetian town to report on the crisis.
Analysts say it's a disturbing sign that Putin's Russia is moving closer to an authoritarian state and even the EU has said it fears Russia is "backsliding on democracy".
From Moscow, Emma Griffiths reports.
EMMA GRIFFITHS: Anna Politkovskaya is a journalist at the respected Moscow daily Novaya Gazeta.
A frequent Kremlin critic, especially in relation to its policies in Chechnya, she's been targeted by authorities before, but never like during the Beslan school siege.
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on January, 2005 as Anna Politkovskaya
Disquiet On The Chechen Front Anna Politkovskaya, Russia BY YURI ZARAKHOVICH | MOSCOW Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the Moscow biweekly Novaya Gazeta, was in Los Angeles last October, picking out her dress for a media awards ceremony, when some staggering news came from Moscow: Chechen terrorists were holding 850 hostages in a theater. The Russian authorities tried to send in negotiators, but the Chechens refused to see most of them. They asked for Politkovskaya. And so Politkovskaya rushed back to cover yet another episode of one of the world's nastiest and longest wars, which this time had shifted to Moscow. The terrorists, she says, "wanted someone who would accurately report things as they were. My work in Chechnya makes people there feel that I don't lie. But there wasn't much I could do for the hostages anyway." She carried water and fruit juice to them, and reported their dejection and ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on October, 2004 as Anna Politkovskaya
Dispatches from a savage war
Poison and death threats won't stop Anna Politkovskaya from reporting the truth about Chechnya. She talks to James Meek
Friday October 15, 2004 The Guardian Anna Politkovskaya was born into Soviet high society; the kind of privileged, metropolitan elite that knew abroad better than it knew the factories of the Urals, and whose children were guaranteed comfortable jobs in the rambling bureaucracies of Moscow. Half a life later, in her 40s and a mother of two children, Politkovskaya found herself alone at night in the Chechen hills, fleeing through the darkness. She was running from the Russian security service, the FSB, which wanted to arrest her, but out there in the highlands of a lawless region steeped in bloodshed, she could have fallen victim to anyone or anything; Chechen bandits, Russian or Chechen government death squads, a broken neck. It was Europe, in 2002. "I walked ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on September, 2004 as Anna Politkovskaya
Poisoned by Putin
The horror of Beslan was made still worse by the intimidation of Russia's servile media
Anna Politkovskaya Thursday September 9, 2004 The Guardian It is the morning of September 1. Reports from North Ossetia are hard to believe: a school in Beslan has been seized. Half an hour to pack my things as my mind works furiously on how to get to the Caucasus. And another thought: to look for the Chechen separatist leader, Aslan Maskhadov, let him come out of hiding, let him go to the hostage-takers, and then ask them to free the children. Then followed a long evening at Vnukovo airport. Crowds of journalists were trying to get on a plane south, just as flights were being postponed. Obviously, there are some people who would like to delay our departure. I use my mobile and speak openly about the purpose of my flight: "Look for Maskhadov", ... >>full
At time of these tragic days hundreds of our colleagues, state officials and readers expressed their concern about the fate of our observer Anna Politkovskaya. They believed that her presence at Beslan could have proved useful. However, Politkovskaya did not reach Beslan. In the evening on September 1 Politkovskaya went to Vnukovo Airport in the Novaya Gazeta editor’s car. She had contacted a number of Russian politicians and the representative of Maskhadov in London Ahmed Zakaev. Her proposals boiled down to the following: anyone who can contact terrorists should immediately go without calculating the [political] consequences in order to rescue the children. "Let Maskhadov go and negotiate with them ". Zakaev noted that Maskhadov was ready to negotiate without any conditions or guarantees. Flights to Vladikavkaz as well as to the nearest cities were cancelled from Vnukovo Airport. Three times Politkovskaya was registered and three times could not ... >>full
Details about the health status of our reporter and the events of 1 - 2
September in Rostov-on-Don.
In the days of this tragedy, hundreds of our colleagues, civil servants,
readers were interested in our reporter's fate. They assumed that her
presence in Beslan could be useful. But Politkovskaya didn't arrive in
...First of September, evening. Politkovskaya is sent to "Vnukovo" in
the editorial staff car. Before that she had been in contact with a
number of Russian politicians and Maskhadov's representative in London,
Ahmed Zakayev. The essence of his proposals: All who can get into
contact with the terrorists are obliged to do this immediately. Without
calculating the consequences. To save the children. "Let Maskhadov go
and negotiate with them". Zakayev conveys that Maskhadov is ready to do
this without any conditions and guarantees.
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