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Russian Activist Murdered By Politicians

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.

Trial Closed to Public Of Murdered Russian Activist!

There was hope with the election of Dimitry Medvedev that Russian justice would move away from its secrecy and disregard for human rights that had become so common under the regime of President Putin. However, in the trial of the 2006 murder of the crusading journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, the judge decided it will be held behind closed doors. One of the lawyers for the Politkovskaya family expressed their disappointment with the ruling. ‘I think this trial should have been open, not only because all trials should be, but because she was a public figure and the public should know the circumstances of her killing.” Two of the defendants are former members of Russian police agencies.

Anna Politkovskaya fought to open Russian society to the truth and for her courage, she was murdered. The least that could be done by a government which shrouds itself in secrecy is to allow the world to know each and every fact of the trial so that everyone could learn what happens to those who speak out against the government in still Putin Russia.