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Russian Journalist Assassinated

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posted on Oct, 8 2006 @ 12:07 PM
Anna Politkovskaya, a very well known journalist and a big critic of Russian goverment regarding the Chechen war, was found dead in her apartment in Russian capital, Moscow. The killing of the journalist bore hallmarks of a contract killing.

News BBC

Anna Politkovskaya was found shot dead on Saturday in a lift at her apartment block in the Russian capital, Moscow.

Grainy CCTV footage from the building shows a man in a baseball cap following her inside just before the shooting.

The 48-year-old mother of two was known as a fierce critic of the Kremlin's actions in Chechnya.

Deputy Prosecutor Vyacheslav Rosinsky said that one theory was that the killing had been "linked to the victim's social or professional duties".

Her own newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, suggests on its front page that she was killed for her reporting on Chechnya.

Police sources quoted by Russian media say Ms Politkovskaya was shot three times in the body and once in the head.

A Makarov pistol and four cartridges were reportedly found near her body.

Russia's NTV channel has broadcast CCTV footage of a suspect

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The execution style murder of this prominent journalist and the critic of Russian goverment, regarding the Chechen invasion has left Russia shocked. The 48-year old mother of two, was a "bold and courageous" journalist and as director of the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations, Oleg Panfilov said, she was "The conscience of Russian journalism". She was researching the torture and abuse of Chechens, and was collecting witness accounts and photos of tortured bodies for the article, that was to be published on Monday. Many experts say, that it was a typical contract killing, with political motives.

Related News Links:
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Russian media mourn 'fearless' reporter
Anna Politkovskaya on Wikipedia
Chechnya: Articles by Anna Politkovskaya

Related Discussion Threads:
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[edit on 8/10/06 by Souljah]

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