Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
MOSCOW

Suspects named in Politkovskaia assassination probe

(ANSA) - Moscow, October 16 - Five people have been indicted
for the murder of Russian opposition journalist and human rights
activist Anna Politkovskaia, Russian investigators said on
Tuesday.
The suspects are Chechen brothers Rustam, Ibragim and
Dzhabrail Makhmudov, their uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev and a former
Moscow police chief, Serghiei Khadzhikurbanov.
Three of the suspects have already appeared before the
courts in connection with the murder but were acquitted due to
lack of evidence.
The Russian Supreme Court subsequently overturned the
acquittal and ordered new investigations.
On Tuesday investigators announced the close of the
preliminary probe but said that investigations into the person
or group behind the attack were still underway.
Politkovskaia was gunned down outside her home in the
Russian capital on October 7, 2006, in circumstances that remain
unclear.
The journalist worked for the liberal newspaper Novaja
Gazeta and had made a name for herself for her reports
denouncing human rights abuses by the Russian authorities in
Russia and Chechnya and her opposition of Russian president
Vladimir Putin.

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