User:PeriPerry/Suspected murderer of Russian journalist arrested in Chechnya

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{{date|June 1, 2011}}

The suspected killer of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was arrested yesterday in Chechnya. Russia Today reports that Rustam Makhmudov was arrested by Russian federal police and taken to Moscow for questioning.

The arrest comes almost five years after her murder, which authorities believe was retaliation against her reportage of corruption and human rights abuses across Russia. Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in her apartment block, was famous for criticizing the Russian Kremlin, especially Vladimir Putin – the then President and now Prime Minister of Russia. Ironically, the date of the fatal shooting - October 7th, 2006 – is also Putin’s birthday.

The Independent reports that Mr Makhmudov had been hiding in Belgium for several years prior to his arrest and that two of his brothers have already been tried for accessory to the murder. While the motive of the murder is quite clear – Politkovskaya investigated and reported on controversial issues like corruption within the Kremlin – the mastermind behind the killing is still unknown.

Two of her earlier books, ‘Under Putin and A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya’ and ‘A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya’ are examples of her critical coverage of the Chechen war and the Russian underground. She wrote these while working for Russian publication Novaya Gazeta.

While Politkovskaya’s family and former co-workers have welcomed news of the arrest, they doubt it will bring any real truth to the story or bring justice to the person who instigated the brutal murder.


Alleged killer of Politkovskaya detained