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 March, 2002 as Anna Politkovskaya
Chechnya: New Russian Atrocities Exposed Date: March 28, 2002 Source: IWPR (CRS No. 122, 28-Mar-02) By Anna Politkovskaya Russian troops engaged in new levels of extortion, looting and rape in their recent eight-day operation in the Chechen village of Stariye Atagi. The inhabitants of this southern Chechen village are so used to surviving from one Russian military "clean-up" operation to the next that they talk about their lives in a surreal fashion. "Do you remember, that was during clean-up number 19?" they say. Or "My neighbour was killed in clean-up number 23." Stariye Atagi, 20 km south of Grozny, is one of the largest villages in Chechnya, with 15,000 inhabitants. The eight-day "passport checking operation" that occurred there two months ago was the twentieth such action since the start of the second Chechen war, and definitely the worst. The village is a troubled place, home to many Islamic militants, usually referred to as "Wahhabis", which makes ... >>full
Akhmad Kadyrov: Had I been the dictator of Chechnya Date: March 22, 2002 Source: Novaya Gazeta (No. 20) By Anna Politkovskaya An interview with Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the administration of Chechnya Author: Akhmad Kadyrov discusses the current situation in Chechnya, and gives his views on what the federal government, the military, and the people of Chechnya ought to do. He believes the war in Chechnya will be over soon, most likely by autumn this year.
Question: What do you think of the so-called peace talks between Kazantsev and Zakayev the Kremlin refers to every now and then? Akhmad Kadyrov: I have always objected to the idea. I told the president that it would avail us nothing and that only Maskhadov's side would benefit. That's exactly what happened. Question: And what are these benefits you are talking about? Akhmad Kadyrov: Maskhadov was given another chance at deceiving the people. When the talks began, he immediately released several addresses to ... >>full
Russia's whistle blower Date: March 16, 2002 Source: The Guardian By David Hearst In Chechnya, there is now just one lone Russian voice remaining to chronicle the lives of those embroiled in the killing and corruption that have become the hallmark of President Putin's efforts to bring the province under the control of Moscow. Her name is Anna Politkovskaya, and she is not about to give up the fight
She is Russia's least wanted journalist. She's been held overnight in the torture cells she was investigating, threatened with rape, and received numerous death threats. Her reporting has stirred the wrath of Russia's most powerful and unfettered institutions - the Kremlin, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the GRU, the military intelligence. She has been forced to flee the country, work under the surveillance of round-the-clock police bodyguards. She has been accused of being a western agent. And yet she keeps on coming back for more. ... >>full
Anna Politkovskaya, Russia's whistle blower 16 March 2002 David Hearst, The Guardian She is Russia's least wanted journalist. She's been held overnight in the torture cells she was investigating, threatened with rape, and received numerous death threats. Her reporting has stirred the wrath of Russia's most powerful and unfettered institutions - the Kremlin, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the GRU, the military intelligence. She has been forced to flee the country, work under the surveillance of round-the-clock police bodyguards. She has been accused of being a western agent. And yet she keeps on coming back for more. To be precise, she has returned to the land that has caused her so much trouble, Chechnya, 39 times. It's not even as if Anna Politkovskaya is fighting a popular cause. Her theme - crime and punishment in Chechnya - is as unpopular at home as it is ignored abroad. Few Russians want to ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on February, 2002 as Anna Politkovskaya
The corrosive evil of the Chechen conflict Date: February 5, 2002 Source: Index on Censorship By Anna Politkovskaya A look at the ferocious misery of Chechnya and the "other" war on terrorism "People who were my witnesses and informants in Chechnya have died for that reason, and that reason alone, as soon as I left their homes. How am I go on living abroad while others are dying in my place?" Just before my last trip to Chechnya in mid-September my colleagues at Novaya Gazeta began to receive threats and were told to pass on the message that I shouldn't go to Chechnya any more. If I did, my life would be in danger. As always, our paper has its own people on the general staff and the ministry of defence - people who broadly share our views. We spoke to people at the ministry but, despite their advice, I did go back to Chechnya, only ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on December, 2001 as Anna Politkovskaya
Silenced Voice: Anna Politkovskaya by Siobhan Dowd, with the cooperation of the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN, London (December 3, 2001) The Daily Telegraph reports that "she looks more like a spinster aunt than a hardened war correspondent" and The Guardian suggests she is Russia's "lost moral conscience." To human rights professionals she is a heroine in her time; and to her teenage children, her recent exile renders her an all-too-absent mother. But all agree that Anna Politkovskaya is a devastatingly honest journalist, with the highest principles of fairness. She sees many sides of a problem, but never flinches from reporting what she witnesses. But she is also a virtual lone voice crying in the wilderness. While the world reels from World Trade Bombers and the "war against terrorism" in Afghanistan, the goings-on in the small enclave of Chechnya are on the global back-burner. Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited U.S. ... >>full
posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on November, 2001 as Anna Politkovskaya
Remember Chechnya Source: Washington Post By Anna Politkovskaya Date: November 14, 2001 Three years ago Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power by launching a war in Chechnya that is still referred to in Russia as an anti-terrorist operation. The war continues, with almost 4,000 Russian soldiers having been killed and more than 13,000 wounded. Why? In Russia, the disjunction between official statistics and real life is as great as that between Putin and democratic freedoms, an issue President Bush should raise in his discussions with Putin this week. This disjunction is evident to all who seek to answer the question: What is the reality in Chechnya today? The answer is that Chechnya is an isolated enclave within Russia, a 21st century ghetto. No one may freely enter or freely leave -- neither men nor women; neither children, nor the old. Military checkpoints are everywhere. In order to pass these checkpoints, civilians must place a "Form ... >>full
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