On October 7, close people, friends and colleagues honor the memory of Anna Politkovskaya, the renowned Russian reporter, famous for her opposition to Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia.
Politkovskaya made her reputation reporting from Chechnya, the combat area where Russian troops took severe casualties. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in Chechnya were turned into several books; Russian readers accessed her investigations and publications through ‘Novaya Gazeta’, a Russian newspaper known for its often-critical investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs. From 2000 onwards, she received numerous international awards for her work. In 2004, she published a personal account, ‘Putin’s Russia’.
On 7 October 2006, she was murdered in the elevator (lift) of her block of flats, an assassination that attracted much international attention. In June 2014, five men were sentenced to prison for the murder, but it is still unclear who ordered or paid for the contract killing. Some media and common citizens – in Russia and abroad –
The U.S. Department of State released a statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Politkovskaya’s murder.
‘Ms. Politkovskaya’s courage and persistence in shedding light on the horrors of the conflicts in Chechnya remains an inspiration to us all. We again call upon the Russian government to bring to justice those responsible for ordering, planning and executing Ms. Politkovskaya’s murder. Like many other journalists reporting on the North Caucasus over the past two decades, Ms. Politkovskaya was killed in retaliation for her efforts to uncover corruption, abuse, and violations of human rights. Ongoing impunity for these unsolved murders continues to undermine freedom of speech and respect for justice and human rights in Russia,’ reads the message.