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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.

Eagle / www.JusticeForNorthCaucasus.Com Updated October 9th 2006

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Chechnya abuses under investigation

posted by Justice For North Caucasus - Anna Politkovskaya. on February, 2001 as Anna Politkovskaya

Chechnya abuses under investigation
February 27, 2001
Web posted at: 3:27 PM EST (2027 GMT)
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- The Council of Europe's human rights supremo has begun a fact-finding trip to Chechnya as new allegations of military abuses surface in the region.
Alvaro Gil-Robles flew to Chechnya after pressing Russian officials to investigate who killed 16 people found in a trench in the regional capital Grozny.
The human rights commissioner for the Strasbourg-based watchdog said he has received assurances that officials will investigate the Grozny grave and try to prosecute the killers.
Locals unearthed the mass grave just days after journalist Anna Politkovskaya returned from Chechnya saying she had seen pits at a paratroopers' base that were used to hold Chechens.
Politkovskaya, who was briefly detained by the military for allegedly having incorrect documents, said that Chechens were held in the pits until relatives could buy their release.
She told CNN's Steve Harrigan that she gathered testimony from Chechens who claimed to have been detained in what are called filtration camps -- where suspected rebels are sorted from civilians.
Politkovskaya says she was able to confirm the stories of people thrown into pits by observing and photographing such prison pits inside a Russian military base in Chechnya, before being detained herself.
 "The (two) pits were empty when I saw them or maybe I couldn't see fully because they were so deep," she said.
"But the stories about where they were held were so close to what I saw that I never doubted they were the same."
Gil-Robles has said he will visit the base if time allows on this week's trip.
The Council of Europe gave cautious support to Russia last month when it restored Moscow's voting rights after suspending them over alleged rights abuses.
The U.S. State Department's annual rights assessment, published on Monday, lambasted Russian tactics used in Chechnya.
"Numerous credible reports of human rights abuses by Russian forces in Chechnya, which included extrajudicial killings, torture and rape, provoked widespread condemnation and calls for accountability," the report said.
Russia has admitted to isolated rights infringements in the course of military operations, but denies they were regular or excessive.
Moscow is now trying to scale back its forces and establish civilian control in Chechnya, which has been shattered by two Kremlin crackdowns since 1994.
But Moscow's Human Rights Commissioner Oleg Mironov said there was still much work to do.
Reuters contributed to this report.

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