Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Journalists Politkovskaja’s Muderer Found – But Question is: Who Ordered It?

Posted by Info on 31/05/2011

Russia has arrested Rustam Makhmudov, the suspected assassin of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in 2006.

Dmitry Babich, a political analyst and journalist said that Politkovskaya’s colleagues at Novaya Gazeta, a Russian opposition newspaper, agree that Makhmudov is most likely the murderer. So the biggest question is not who performed the murder, but who ordered it,”

“You know that Novaya Gazeta is very much in opposition to the Russian government, so they suspect someone from the current leadership of Chechnya (which is pro-Moscow) is behind the assassination.”

Makhmudov’s brothers, Dzhabrail and Ibragim, and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov have been investigated for several years over suspected involvement in the killing.
All three were acquitted on a lack of evidence in a jury trial in 2009, but the verdict was annulled by the supreme court and a new investigation reopened with the same suspects. “The relatives of Politkovskaya and other fellow journalists agree that these two brothers were tracking her movements on the day she was killed. They were suspected of actually giving the signal to the killer who was waiting inside her (apartment) building,” Babich said.

She reported on the alleged human rights abuses of Russian military forces under the leadership of former Russian president Vladimir Putin, of the Chechen rebels and the current Moscow-backed administration led by the Kadyrov family in Chechnya.

The murder of Politkovskaya came while her reporting became an increasing threat to the Chechen regime, which was allegedly responsible for the rampant torture, abduction, and murder of opposition figures.
She wrote several books about the Chechen wars, as well as Putin’s Russia – in which she accused Russian secret services of repressing civil liberties to re-establish a Soviet-style dicatorship.Politkovskaya received numerous prestigious international awards for her work.

Former spy Alexander Litvinenko had been investigating her death when he waspoisoned in London last autumn.
Sky News’ Mark Stone met Mr Litvinenko when he was giving a lecture on the journalist’s death.
Mr Litvidenko said : “You ask me who killed her.” and added: “I can answer you directly. It is Mr Putin, the president of the Russian Federation that has killed her. Putin killed her.”

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