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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:30 PM
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UK Telegraph: Was murder of Russian journalist Putin's birthday present?
Is this the killer of Russian journalist?
By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
(Filed: 09/10/2006)


Suspect: the tall man in a baseball cap is caught on CCTV

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....But from the Kremlin there was silence. Not even speculation on websites that Politkovskaya's death was a birthday present for Mr Putin, who was 54 on Saturday, the day she was killed, could provoke a government reaction....

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Although she had not filed her article, the deputy chief editor, 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.

Mr Kadyrov, 30, a protg 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....

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Few are confident a police investigation will uncover the truth. No other journalist's murder in the past six years has been solved...."Those who killed her were absolutely convinced that it is now possible in Russia to do such things openly, without even bothering to camouflage it as an accident," said a former dissident, Sergey Grigoryants.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/20...
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spag68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:45 PM
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1. Russia
is now back 70 years,and I bet bushco calls to ask how it's down. Remember the I looked into his eyes routine?
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:00 AM
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2. Yep -- I remember. nt
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