Two men sentenced for life for murder of journalist

by Freya Findlay

 

Two men have been given life sentences by a Moscow court for the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, Russian news agencies report.

Ms Politkovskaya uncovered human rights abuses and state corruption. She was a vocal critic of Russia’s war in Chechnya, her investigation of Russian abuses in Chechnya reported for  Novaya Gazeta won her international renown.

Her articles were highly critical of the Chechnyan leadership and President Vladamir Putin, who was then serving his second term.

Ms Politkovskaya, 48, was shot and killed in the lift of her Moscow apartment block. Five men were convicted of her murder last month.

The two men sentenced to life imprisonment are Rustam Makhmudov, who was found guilty of pulling the trigger and his uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who was found guilty of organising the murder.

The three other convicted men – two of whom are Makhmudov’s brothers – were given between 12 and 20 years in prison.

 

 

 

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