Anna Politkovskaya was a noted Russian journalist whose bravery finally resulted in death. She courageously invesigated corruption in the Russian government and corruption by high officials. In modern Putin Russia, this is a high crime punishable by death at the hands of those ready to take money in order to protect the powerful. Lt.Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is now a suspect in an investigation by Russian authorities who believe he has knowledge concerning who was responsible for Anna’s death.
It is rare for anyone who murders opposition activists to even have to explain their possible knowledge of the crime. The colonel is now believed to have provided money and a weapon to alleged murderer Rustam Makhmudov who killed Anna in 2006.
Russia can never become a modern democracy until Vladmir Putin stands on trial for his support of those who murder the innocent.