Defense attorneys for investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, claimed she was killed based on orders from a Russian politician. The lawyers cited court documents to pinpoint a Russian politician who was living in Russia. The murder was an attempt to halt the reporter from continuing her investigation into corruption and political manipulation within Russia. Murat Musayev, said based on his reading of court documents, “it says the person doesn’t live abroad, but is here in Russia. But, there is no name.” Russian officials had charged she was killed by exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky who was attempting to discredit then President Putin. There is absolutely no evidence such a plot existed.
There is no question anymore Anna Politkovskaya was killed by someone inside the Russian government in an attempt to stifle her investigative journalism. This is not surprising given Putin’s dislike of any opposing viewpoints.