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Russia: Contract for Politkovskaya’s Murder To Be Worth $2 million

Posted by Info on 05/09/2011

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who was detained in connection with the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaja in 2006, has admitted involvement but said he was only a middleman, not the organizer of the crime.
He worked as a senior police investigator at the time of the killing, and said he ordered his subordinates to map Politkovskaya’s daily routines. He also admitted to having procured the weapon with which she was shot.

He named Chechenbusinessman Lom-Ali Gaitukayev as an organizer but not mastermind of the shooting. Gaitukayev is currently serving a 15-year jail term on unrelated charges of staging a failed murder attempt in Ukraine.
Gaitukayev has denied involvement, but said he estimated the contract for Politkovskaya’s murder to be worth $2 million. He has not been charged in connection with the case.

Gaitukayev contracted Pavlyuchenkov, former policeman Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, and three nephews, the Makhmudov brothers. Khadzhikurbanov and two Makhmudovs were tried for Politkovskaya’s murder but acquitted by a jury in 2009.
Pavlyuchenkov was charged Friday, but the plea bargain will allow him to avoid the maximum 20-year sentence for murder,.

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