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Thursday, February 19, 2009


Murder of Russian Reporter Still Unsolved

The New York Times reports that a Moscow jury has acquitted three men accused of having a hand in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006.

The murder of Politkovskaya was particularly brazen and, considering the evidence, likely tied to her reporting. Another reporter from Politkovskaya's newspaper was shot this year, on Jan. 19.

From The New York Times story:
Ms. Politkovskaya was a strident critic of the Kremlin, and her killing in 2006 underlined the shrinking freedom allowed dissenters in Russian society. Investigators and colleagues concluded that someone had ordered her death to silence her, and some suspected the hand of state officials in the crime.

But the three men who were tried on murder charges in a cramped courtroom this winter were peripheral figures: two shaggy-haired young Chechen brothers accused of acting as a lookout and a driver for the suspected triggerman, who has never been arrested, and a former police investigator accused of organizing logistics for the killing.

Read the rest of the story at The New York Times.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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