Russia charges 3 men in Politkovskaya murder

A staunch Kremlin critic, Politkovskaya was well known in the West for her campaigning human rights reporting in Chechnya, where Muslim insurgents had fought Russian forces in two independence wars since 1994.

Russia charges 3 men in Politkovskaya murder
Russian prosecutors on Wednesday charged three men with a role in the 2006 killing of the staunchly anti-Kremlin journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

A gunman shot Politkovskaya in her central Moscow apartment block in October 2006, a murder which shocked the West but barely resonated in Russia outside a small band of intelligentsia who read her reports in the newspaper.

"Three figures are accused in the murder of the journalist," the Russian Prosecutor-General's office said in a statement.

Prosecutors named the men as: Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail Makhmudov and Ibragim Makhmudov.

Last month Russian prosecutors named a different man, who they say shot Politkovskaya, as Rustam Makhmudov. They said on Wednesday their investigation against him was ongoing.

A staunch Kremlin critic, Politkovskaya was well known in the West for her campaigning human rights reporting in Chechnya, where Muslim insurgents had fought Russian forces in two independence wars since 1994.

Her books were translated into English and sold widely across the world, though not all were published in Russia. A posthumous collection of her writing, titled "For what?" was published in Russia and sold well on its release last year.

She wrote mainly for the Novaya Gazeta, part owned by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, which had a low media impact within Russia's general population.

Reuters
Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2008, 13:23
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