Alleged Killer of Anna Politkovskaya Named

March 31, 2008 02:10 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A Russian newspaper alleges that the journalist’s murderer is Rustam Makhmudov. Doubts that those responsible for her death will be convicted are sure to remain.

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Russian prosecutors have as yet declined to give a name to the suspect they claim to have identified, and the sources cited by Russian-language newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda are anonymous, according to Russia Today.

Police have already apprehended three brothers of the 30-year-old Makhmudov, a Chechen who remains at large.

Politkovskaya was shot in the head and killed in her Moscow apartment building’s stairwell in October 2006.

The murder of the journalist, who reported on human rights issues, most notably in Chechnya, received international attention. She was a leading critic of Putin and her killing raised questions regarding the freedom of the Russian press.

Politkovskaya’s work and the mystery surrounding her death remain a source of international interest. The Berlin Film Festival made headlines when it premiered a documentary on her life and career this February.

Headline Links: ‘Politkovskaya’s Alleged Killer Named’

Opinion: Skepticism in the Russian and American press

Biography: Politkovskaya and Putin

Anna Politkovskaya (1958–2006)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (1952–)

Background: Dangers facing the Russian press

History: Chechnya and Russia

Related Topics: A film; Politkovskaya's last book; Chechen capital Grozny

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