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Wikileaks: Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Received Many Death Threats

Posted by Info on 16/12/2010

Monday, 09 October 2006, 11:14
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 MOSCOW 011316
SUBJECT: POLITKOVSKAYA’S DEATH SENDS SHOCK WAVES THROUGH
MOSCOW; PROSECUTOR GENERAL TAKES PERSONAL CONTROL OF INVESTIGATION
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns
This cable details a conversation held between embassy staff and their local contact who had close contact with Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovksaya, before she was killed.
….
“The death of (Politikovskaya) is connected with her work in Chechnya…”

— XXXXXXXXXXXX: “The fact that (the murder) occurred on the birthday of President Putin makes it a complicated political provocation. . .It is not clear if it was done by an enemy of Putin, or one of his supporters.”

7. (C) The assassination of one of Russia’s most outspoken journalists and the absence to date of any leads has generated much speculation about possible perpetrators here. Embassy contacts note that Politkovskaya’s work had won her many enemies. XXXXXXXXXXXX told Embassy October 8 that the late journalist “constantly” received threats –“by telephone, letter, by e-mail, by SMS.” Politkovskaya had become inured to the threats. According to XXXXXXXXXXXX, “she had accepted the possibility that she could be killed at any time, and talked about it very little.” The most frequent threats, XXXXXXXXXXXX said, had come from Chechnya Prime Minister “Kadyrov’s people” (not necessarily with Kadyrov’s knowledge) and the Russian Special Forces, whose brutalities in Chechnya had been exposed by Politkovskaya.

11. (SBU) Politikovskaya was a U.S. citizen by birth and U.S. passport holder, although she spent most of her adult life in Russia.

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