Media News - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Russian investigators accuse the former policeman Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov of his involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The case, which has come to symbolise the suppression of free speech and the corruption of the judiciary during Vladimir Putin's 2000-2008 Presidency, is now seen as a test for reform since his returned to the Kremlin in May. At the time of her death in 2006, Politkovskaya had been investigating human rights abuses in Chechnya as well as high-level corruption across Russia. Some of her dispatches had sharply criticised Putin, a former KGB spy. Pointing to her articles, investigators made a rare reference to a possible motive and the person behind the murder. The case is one of at least a dozen Russian journalists whose politically charged murders have gone unsolved. (The Guardian)
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