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Originally posted by Nygdan
Has anyone been able to research her assasination recently?
Originally posted by Alex Dude
You can't blame the Russian government on this one.
0n Oct. 7, Putin's birthday, Russian journalist and mother of two children Anna Politkovskaya was shot four times in the elevator of her building in Moscow in a political assassination. She had been planning to release a story the next day in one of the few remaining independent papers, Novaya Gazeta, outlining torture practices used by Chechen authorities, who function as Russia's henchmen.
Politkovskaya received eight international awards for her passionate work reporting on Russian human rights abuses in Chechnya, including the Prize of the Russian Union of Journalists as well as the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Recognition.
At a time when the West was fawning over Putin, Politkovskaya was quick to point out the truth in her book Putin's Russia, in which she outlined the systematic eradication of opposition that Putin was and is organizing. In 2001, she fled to Vienna to escape retribution from Sergei Lapin, a police officer whom she accused of atrocities. Though he was arrested a year later, the case against Lapin was — in typical Russian fashion — closed the following year. In 2005 Lapin was again caught, and this time jailed for torture, as a result of his exposure by Politkovskaya in the article "The Disappearing People."
Politkovskaya received constant death threats regarding her activities, and survived one attempt at poisoning on her flight to intercede in the Beslan school siege in 2004. Though her style bothered many people, her stories always stood firm.
Instead of swiftly condemning the incident, it took President Putin three days to react to the killing. Putin claimed that Politkovskaya's influence was only "very minor" and then went on to lie in stating that the killing was not political. He did call it shocking, stating that her killers must be brought to justice. In true form, Putin noted that her killing hurt his reputation more than all previous negative criticism combined. In this, at least, Putin was right.
Lawyer murdered in central Moscow
The lawyer of the Kungayev family, the relatives of a Chechen woman, who was murdered by a Russian army colonel, Yury Budanov, has been killed. Stanislav Markelov was shot dead in the centre of Moscow in broad daylight on Monday.