Monday, October 09, 2006

Anna Politkovskaya's Killer Captured on Fuzzy Security Video!

"People sometimes pay with their lives for saying out loud what they think."---Anna Politkovskaya

Igor Yakovenko, general secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists, said he believes that Politkovskaya's murder is connected to the investigative journalist's criticism of the Russian abuses in Chechnya:

"In the past 15 years, 246 journalists have been killed here, and not once has the state been able to investigate and solve these murders in a normal way," said Yakovenko.

The head of an activist organization "For Human Rights," Lev Ponomaryov, said:

"Of course, if you consider who did this, considering that today is Putin's birthday, it's a complex political provocation".... "Someone sat -- someone who was absolutely indifferent to the fact that this was a human life -- and simply dealt himself a game of political solitaire. He planned this murder. Who did this? An enemy of Putin? An ally of Putin? We don't know. A person for whom human life means nothing."

A security camera may have captured a picture of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya's killer as he fled the scene of the crime.

The Telegraph carries a picture of the suspect and this article:

Is this the killer of Russian journalist?
By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
(Filed: 09/10/2006)


Russia's best known investigative journalist was murdered two days before she was due to publish a scathing report on torture by Russian agents in Chechnya, it emerged yesterday, as outrage spread around the world.

As messages poured in for Anna Politkovskaya, who became famous for her withering criticism of President Vladimir Putin's war in Chechnya, Russian activists struggled to assess the disturbing implications of her killing for the future of their country.....

Among the thousand or so protesters at vigils in Moscow and St Petersburg, there was no doubt that someone in the Kremlin knew something about the reporter's death.

The words scrawled across the giant photograph of Politkovskaya in Pushkin Square, Moscow, said it all: "The Kremlin has killed freedom of speech."


A portrait of Mr Putin bore the words: "You are responsible for everything.".....

Although she had not filed her article, the deputy chief editor [of Politkovskaya's newspaper Novaya Gazeta], Vitaly Yaroshevsky, said it lifted the lid on torture and kidnapping of civilians by officers loyal to Chechnya's Moscow-backed prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov.

Anna Politkovskaya made many powerful enemies in the FSB

Mr Kadyrov, 30, a protégé of Mr Putin, was one of Politkovskaya's foremost enemies. She was to testify against him in a case over the kidnapping and killing of two civilians. Politkovskaya, 48, was shot twice at close range as she returned to her flat from shopping. The mother of two was found in the lift, with a 9mm Makarov pistol by her side.

CCTV showed a man, in black and with a baseball cap, hurrying from the building.
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