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Russian Journalist Politkovskaya Found Dead
Radio Free Europe ^ | October 7, 2006

Posted on 10/07/2006 8:01:12 AM PDT by lizol

Russian Journalist Politkovskaya Found Dead

October 7, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Moscow police say prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, known for her critical coverage of the war in Chechnya, was killed today in the capital.

Moscow police said Politkovskaya's body was found in an elevator in the apartment building where she was living in the city center.

The Interfax news agency quoted police officials as saying a pistol and four bullets were found in the elevator.

Politkovskaya was respected for her critical, in-depth coverage of the Russian government's campaign in Chechnya.

In 2004, she fell seriously ill with symptoms of food poisoning after drinking tea on a flight from Moscow to southern Russia during the school hostage crisis in Beslan, North Ossetia.

At the time, her colleagues suspected it was an attempt on her life.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: annapolitkovskaya; cccp; chechnya; coldwar2; communism; gulag; journalist; kgb; longknives; makarov; makarovpistol; pistol; politkovskaya; premierputin; purge; russia; sovietunion; ussr

Anna Politkovskaya
1 posted on 10/07/2006 8:01:14 AM PDT by lizol
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To: Lukasz; strategofr; GSlob; spanalot; Thunder90; Tailgunner Joe; propertius; REactor; twinself; ...

Ping


2 posted on 10/07/2006 8:01:31 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 10/07/2006 8:03:24 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: lizol
Arkicide
4 posted on 10/07/2006 8:04:27 AM PDT by ditto h
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To: AdmSmith

pong


5 posted on 10/07/2006 8:04:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: PGalt

They solve such problems quickly out there: "Shut up, you b**ch, or die".

She didn't want to shut up.


6 posted on 10/07/2006 8:08:13 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
In 2004, she fell seriously ill with symptoms of food poisoning

Uh huh. The same kind of "food poisoning" Grigori Rasputin suffered.

7 posted on 10/07/2006 8:17:55 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: lizol
"The Interfax news agency quoted police officials as saying a pistol and four bullets were found in the elevator."
As such, Russian police officials believe the cause of death to have been a fatal heart attack.
8 posted on 10/07/2006 8:18:09 AM PDT by Chewie84
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To: lizol

Is Perky Katie next?


9 posted on 10/07/2006 8:19:25 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Foley is why we don't allow queers to be Scoutmasters.)
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To: Chewie84

Yeah, she had it when she saw the pistol and bullets.


10 posted on 10/07/2006 8:23:44 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
In 2004, she fell seriously ill with symptoms of food poisoning after drinking tea

Yeah, right. The thugs don't give up if the first attempt fails. Sad.

11 posted on 10/07/2006 8:27:43 AM PDT by oyez ( The older I get, the better I was.)
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To: lizol

Russia has'nt changed. Always the cruel paranoid thug bully.


12 posted on 10/07/2006 8:40:47 AM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: MARKUSPRIME
Never drink the tea on a Russian airline. Come to think of it - never fly on a Russian airline!
13 posted on 10/07/2006 8:44:28 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
Never eat the food on any airline
14 posted on 10/07/2006 8:56:29 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: lizol; struwwelpeter
Please ping it to struwwelpeter, he used to quote her a lot and translated for FR some of her articles. And as for her killing:
"the second apple has fallen on the Sir Isaac Newton's head. 'This confirms the law of gravity', said the prominent scientist."
i.e. given the kind of society she tried to function in, what else to expect?
15 posted on 10/07/2006 9:26:03 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: bert

"Is Perky Katie next?"

They may make her "Dissappear" to one of Putin's GULAGs.


16 posted on 10/07/2006 10:02:34 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: lizol
A couple of articles on her work:

http://www.time.com/time/europe/hero/politkovskaya.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,,1327791,00.html

According to these articles, she's been arrested several times, and was once held for three days without food or water. I have no idea whether she was a muslim mouthpiece, a voice for truth, or what, but she definitely believed in what she was doing. There have obviously been attempts to silence her before, and she kept working despite this. It's obviously an assassination, probably by Putin's KBG, which was apparently behind some of the earlier attempted hits and definitely behind the earlier incarcerations.

17 posted on 10/07/2006 10:14:47 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: GarySpFc
Too many liberals are gullible, and believe everything written by the likes of Anna Politkovskaya. It is obvious to anyone who has served in combat Politkovskaya listens to propagandists and writes while sitting at a kitchen table. Her accounts are not on the spot reporting as she would have you believe.

Well, Gary - you must be really happy today, aren't you?
18 posted on 10/07/2006 10:35:02 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: Richard Kimball
something else she wrote here
19 posted on 10/07/2006 10:43:20 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: Chewie84
As such, Russian police officials believe the cause of death to have been a fatal heart attack.

ROFL!!! I remember when chechen terrorists were 'found dead' in Russian prisons, from something like "accidental head trauma".

20 posted on 10/07/2006 10:47:37 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: lizol; GSlob

Godspeed, Anya.


21 posted on 10/07/2006 10:49:23 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: lizol
Well, Gary - you must be really happy today, aren't you?

No! I am not in the least happy she was murdered. Simply because I did not consider her articles valid does not in any way mean I would want the woman dead, and it is sick of you to imply such.
22 posted on 10/07/2006 10:52:28 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: GarySpFc
Just my opinion, but I get the feeling that her own history with the former Soviet Union and then Putin could have clouded her thinking when it came to Bush and the war on terror.

Someone who has seen tyranny first hand may be more alert to what she sees as government overreach and wartime manipulation especially with all of the help given from the Jon Stewarts, Michael Moores and even Alex Jones of the world.

I think we have to take that into account. She may have been dead wrong about Bush, but unfortunately she was DEAD right about Putin.
23 posted on 10/07/2006 11:46:55 AM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: GarySpFc; lizol; Tailgunner Joe; johnny7; Thermalseeker; Thunder90; ex-Texan; Convert from ECUSA; ..
What is really "sick" is the puny pack of so-called Americans preoccupied with never ending public relations deception campaign for Moscow's top tyrant. Now that's not only sick, but warrants serious questions concerning 'why'?

You must be overjoyed, another critic of your hero Col Putin has been once again brutally murdered, KGB style, Putin's personal preference.

The top weapons benefactor of the Axis of Evil has no soul - and neither do his most fanatical propagandists.


24 posted on 10/07/2006 12:22:42 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: M. Espinola

The cartoon is spot-on.


25 posted on 10/07/2006 12:37:24 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: M. Espinola; Gengis Khan
"What is really "sick" is the puny pack of so-called Americans preoccupied with never ending public relations deception campaign for Moscow's top tyrant. Now that's not only sick, but warrants serious questions concerning 'why'?"

Some have family ties with Russians. Others follow the old conspiracy stories.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1715419/posts?page=30#30

As for our US Government, many are convinced by certain social program supporters, market lobbies and Vietnam-era retirees that we should keep relations with Russia cool (instead of cold) as a foreign relations balance in Asia. Influential Indian officials continue to believe that they can trust Russia as a hedge against PLA and/or Pakistani flareups (should a conflict develop). India can get arms much cheaper from Russia, and we're not selling the latest toys to India. The answer, IMO, is to convince the Indians that we share important cultural similarities (like the preference for independence, for one, and lack of desire for "empire").

Our powers that be want to keep China, Russia and India happy. They don't want market stoppages today (and aren't very concerned about future consequences).

And as you know (on lobbies in our USA), everything is becoming a commodity, in a sense. It's all about feeling good right now. People have changed in some ways.

You also know that I have little background in pointing to market considerations. ...only what I've seen from the bottom (temp. contracts, public news and the like).
26 posted on 10/07/2006 1:22:35 PM PDT by familyop
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To: lizol

Cosa nostra


27 posted on 10/07/2006 1:26:09 PM PDT by traumer
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To: johnny7
Thank you Sir:)

I wonder if President Bush would still adhere to his previous, favourble statement concerning 'Putin's eyes', in light Putin's ruthlessness being demonstrated in the dangerous situation in Georgia. I really hope not for America's sake.

28 posted on 10/07/2006 1:50:47 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: lizol

...older related post.

Second Beslan Reporter Drugged
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1212718/posts


29 posted on 10/07/2006 2:13:35 PM PDT by familyop
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To: struwwelpeter

Did you know her in person?


30 posted on 10/07/2006 2:30:06 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: M. Espinola; johnny7
Johnny7 was correct. The cartoon you chose to post is indeed 'spot on.' Putin was and still is KGB. His primary goal is to bring down the Bush administration. Russia orchestrated the biggest fraud of the New Millennium by helping Saddam smuggle his WMDs to Syria. The MSM bought into the lie because they are a squalid bunch of Bush hating idiots. Even Bill Clinton believed Iraq had WMDs. Nobody doubted that Iraq had WMD during the Clinton administration. Putin is responsible for most of Bush's political problems since we invaded Iraq. Now the Bush haters have a real chance of taking control of Congress. This phony 'underage page abuse' scandal is still dominating media reports. Watch Georgie Steponallofus tomorrow. He will be pushing this phony news report with all of his might. NBC and SeeBS will be pushing the story even harder than ABC. FOX News will be reporting the same garbage. Katie whats-her-name will be pushing it again on Monday. Just one reason why I no longer watch television news. I keep the television turned off. Unless I'm watching DVDs, that fancy idiot box stays off.

Why anyone would permit the invasion of their privacy by television commercials is beyond me. Insipid programming and biased news reports with insipid advertising -- television is a total waste of time.

31 posted on 10/07/2006 3:35:23 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: ex-Texan
"Russia orchestrated the biggest fraud of the New Millennium by helping Saddam smuggle his WMDs to Syria. The MSM bought into the lie because they are a squalid bunch of Bush hating idiots."

Bingo! Right on the money!

"Putin is responsible for most of Bush's political problems since we invaded Iraq. Now the Bush haters have a real chance of taking control of Congress. This phony 'underage page abuse' scandal is still dominating media reports."

I fully agree.

If the Dems do regretfully succeed in gaining even an ultra-slim majority in the House and Senate in the November elections, in part due to the drive bye media, Putin's Kremlin, coupled with Moscow's well armed international proxies will probe, push and test the Bush White House to the limit.

Putin's deceptive media public relations campaign may be drawing to a conclusion since Moscow's top dog seems to be removing his phony public mask as the real inner beast is being viciously demonstrated by his brutality toward a sovereign nation, plus the Stalin style execution of one of Russian leading reporters, a brave report who told her readers the score when it came to Putin, and paid with her own life.

The question now is, whose next on KGB Putin's hit list?

32 posted on 10/07/2006 6:06:08 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: ex-Texan
His primary goal is to bring down the Bush administration.

You will have to think in strategic terms rather than tactical. The intelligence services that currently control Russia(including Putin) want the U.S. and Western Civilization completely destroyed. Anything short of that is unacceptable to them. The stakes are far larger than bringing down any one administration including President Bush.
33 posted on 10/08/2006 8:48:03 AM PDT by DarkWaters
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To: GSlob
From tomorrow's Novaya Gazeta:

ANYA

Anya



On Saturday, October 7th,
Anna Politkovskaya,
correspondent of Novaya Gazeta
was killed in the stairwell of her home

        She was beautiful, and through the years became only more beautiful. Do you do know why? At first we merely receive our countenance from God, and then the rest we make of it ourselves - in the way that we live.
       Still, they say that in maturity the soul begins to appear on face. Her soul was beautiful.
       She was feminine. She knew how to laugh and joke and cry from injustice. Any injustice - no matter with respect to whom - she took as her personal enemy, and she fought it with all her strength.
       She was amazing courageous, much more courageous than those many macho types in their armored jeeps, surrounded by bodyguards.
       They threatened her, they tried to intimidate her, and arranged shadows and searches. She was arrested in Chechnya by "our own" airborne forces, and they threatened to shoot her. They poisoned her when she flew to Beslan. She clawed her way back to life, and, though afterwards she was never really as healthy as before, her conscience was all the stronger.
       Many people, even well-wishers of Novaya Gazeta, now and then said: "Well, your Politkovskaya - she's too much already..." Not too much! She always wrote the truth. It is another matter that this truth was frequently too terrible, that many people's consciences refused to accept it. And so, as a protective reaction, they said she was "too much already." Sometimes even our editorial staff.
       For the average person, probably, the most difficult thing is to turn away from a terrible fact. But, if we were to look evil directly in the eye, it cannot remain; it will pass. Anya looked evil directly in the eye, and, perhaps, she remained the conqueror in the worst situations. Perhaps she remained alive where her lowered eyes would have meant her death.
       For us she is still alive. We will be never accept the death of our Anya. Whoever undertook this brutal murder - in the center of Moscow, in broad daylight, we ourselves will search for the killers. We have a good idea where they can be located...
       In Europe, and in America, right now the question is being discussed: what is the state of the independent media in Russia? Novaya Gazeta in recent years has had three of its leading journalists murdered.
       Igor Domnikov. His killers - because of the efforts of honest detectives and this newspaper - were brought to court.
       Yuri Shchekochihin. Even the authorities in his homeland refused to look at the results of his autopsy... but we are continuing our investigation, and his killers will be punished.
       Now they have taken our Anya Politkovskaya... They killed not just a journalist, not just a human rights advocate, or a citizen, they killed a beautiful woman and mother.
       While there is still a Novaya Gazeta, her killers will not sleep quietly.
       
       Novaya Gazeta
       
09.10.2006
You can express your condolences here:

http://politkovskaya.fastbb.ru/

34 posted on 10/08/2006 11:32:08 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
Thanks. The laws of nature' actions [in this case, sociological nature] are beyond condolences. The guilty party [besides the triggerman stooge[s] and those in the hierarchical chain who sent and paid him/them] is the whole society and its sociological way of life, known under the aliases of the national character, civilizational nature, and so on. And such a message [the only true one, in my opinion] is not appropriate for the condolences site.
35 posted on 10/08/2006 11:53:37 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: lizol
A while back I was at Barnes a & Nobel and I saw this blue book 'Putin's Russia.' I picked it up and thumbed through it and it was plain to see that Russia was going back into darkness. I was surprised that the woman who wrote the book was able to do so and still be free or still be in Russia.

It looks like I don't have to be surprised anymore.

Here is the last paragraph of a review by Robert Chandler on Ann's book 'Putin's Russia'

"There are at least two good reasons for buying this book. One is that Politkovskaya only just survived a recent attempt on her life by the security services. Unless there is whole-hearted support for her from Western journalists, politicians and the general public, she is likely to be assassinated. The other is that the cataclysm that has engulfed Russia concerns us all; today's depraved and defeated Russia may be a greater danger to the world than the 'evil empire' of the past."

36 posted on 10/08/2006 2:53:34 PM PDT by inpajamas (Modern liberalism is fascism without balls.)
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To: GarySpFc

"No! I am not in the least happy she was murdered."

Murder? There was two shots- arent you supposed to be telling us how it was a suicide?


37 posted on 10/08/2006 3:24:37 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: lizol

So was this about Chechen terrorism, or about dissent?


38 posted on 10/08/2006 3:26:17 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Executive Order wishlist item #1: NO GAYS IN GOVERNMENT)
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From the condolences weblog:
Aleksandr Usachev:
Who is behind this and the earlier murders?
Who wishes to stand with one foot in Europe, and with the other leg kick the objectionables in the rear and tries to keep his balance in the process?
Who is next?
Who will be the last?
God grant that the last victim of this undeclared war on the truth is Anna Politkovskaya...
Eternal is her memory, and condolences to her loved ones.

Serg:
It seems to me that we are living in '1984' of George Orwell, or during the time of the inquisition. If they are killing journalists, it means they are afraid of their words, and seriously afraid. But why do why allow ourselves to be silent? To kill a lot of people is more difficult.
I kneel down before Anna Politkovskaya, such honest and fearless people are unfortunately very few.
Sergey, Krasnodar

MTV:
They have extinguished yet another ray of light in this dark empire.

Mihail:
Thank you, for the truth! For freedom! For the example!
You are a hero!
Rest in peace.

Mihail Bogomolov:
Anna Stepanovna, forgive us! But we do not say 'farewell!' You remain with us, as one of the few people who didn't just look upon the government scum, but called them exactly what they deserved: scum.
Don't say with sorrow: 'They are gone!' But with gratitude: 'They were!'

Yurii:
SUCH news from Russia already doesn't suprise us, we all felt the sharp pain when we knew of Anna Politkovskaya's death. There are fewer and fewer people who aren't afraid to 'take to the streets', and Politkovskaya was the brightest light among them.

Marina:
It's hard to be an honest person in a bandit land...

Lev:
She gave us all strength...

Olga:
My tears choke me, it's hard to write, such an honest person, so close to my heart.
These reptiles are killing the last people, hoping that a society of beasts remains. They hope to frighten everyone, to make us stop thinking. Let the earth be your pillow, Lord protect her bright spirit, Amen.

Sergey:
Today Russia has no conscience. They killed it.

We mourn with you!
Government of force, stupid government, without brains,
Do you think that dying in her flower of life
She leaves, that the country is all like a prison,
Not ruled by law, but by a pistol?
But a bullet is a weak argument,
Obviously the truth is simple, like two times two:
Though Anna Politkovskaya is no more,
Her Novaya Gazeta is alive!
A.N. Kapitonov

Vika:
They feared her!!! The men revealed by authority and money! Fear this, you cowards, Anna from the skies will reveal all your meannesses, from there even more easily... But they did not count on one thing, yes, we were shaken by this murder, but we were not lost, we didn't scatter, we balled up our fists. If this brittle woman could resist this steam roller, this evil, then I can. Glory to you Anna, the fearless hero! You have it much better up there in heaven, than we do here in Russian, you have much more pleasant company. We remember everything, and this means that you live on, and evil will fall upon all the killers!
Glory to you, hero!

Good bye, my friend, good bye.
My dear one, you are inside my breast.
This predestined parting,
Promises a reunion ahead.
Good bye, my friend, without a handshake, without a word,
Do not get sad or furrow your brow,
Dying is nothing new in this life,
But living, of course, isn't novel either.
(S. Yesenin, ‹1925›)

Bela:
Dear Anna,
Thank you, for loudly saying what many feared to think,
Thank you, for going ahead, when many lagged behind,
Thank you, for trying to save the innocent who were condemned,
Thank you, for treasuring human life so,
Thank you, for telling us the truth,
Thank you, for your life,
Thank you,
A bright memory of you.

Kira:
Sincerest condolences, I am crying... as if one of my own had died. Maybe I can say that it is so. Anna was at 'Nord-Ost', there where my closest person in the world was, ... Her whole life she tried to help those who had it bad. I always trusted her. Eternal is her memory...

Svetlana:
Bitter. Unmeasurable sadness. Shame for our nation, for all of us. Anna Politkovskaya was fearless. Her readers feared for her. It happened anyway. How THEY master us! How we allowed THEM to master us!
Thank you, Anna! All these years you showed us how we should live. Thank you, and forgive us.

Balakar:
99% corruption, 99% stupidity, 99% lies and meanness, and 1 % honest people. They are shooting and forcing out of the country the last of this percent. My condolences to all those close to Anna. And I'm very sorry for myself and my children.

Leonid:
Shame and fear for the country in which I was once born. Judging for everything, anything goes, and it's a frighteningly long time until the dawn. Hang in there, like Anna hung in there, and don't lose hope, we are with you. Let the earth be your pillow!"

(October 7th, 2006, in memory of Anna Politkovskaya)

Don't listen for her respiration, and don't summon the physicians -
Her soul already walks barefoot along the celestial lawn.
God takes away the good by the hands of bastards.
Idle neighbors stare out from their windows.
What is it to her, spending time in spite with praise and disparagement?
She is already away from this bloody suffering.
The quivering reflection of a candle is like a halo overhead.
And the next on the list places flowers on her coffin.
Viktor Kagan

39 posted on 10/09/2006 11:17:31 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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A few more comments from Anya's condolences weblog:
Mimoshla
Anna annoyed the authorities, like a bone in their throat, and they killed her. They will stop at nothing! Power corrupts.

Natasha
How awful it is to live in our country... This grief is impossible to put into words. We were so proud that there could be such journalists - courageous, fearless, brave. We are many more than they authorities think, and together we'll set things right.

Rustam Kersanov
Goodbye, Anna! You were a talanted journalist and a fearless person. I hope your courage helps to awaken the sleeping conscience of the average man and nourish the fighters.

Yakov
I feel as I did once when I heard of Galich's death. And if the government was involved, you'll never know. A bright memory of her!

Ingushetia
I hope that these curs answer in this life. Anna was an honest, brave person.

Sergey
A terrible death. I'm very sad for this remarkable person. I'm very sad for all the people who have no rights whatsoever, including a right to life. The pomp of holidays and fireworks in their honor - that is all the authorities are interested in. They kill people and go unpunished, homes are falling apart from age and disrepair, people are buried alive while asleep. And there is no end to this, no limit. Forgive us, Anya!

Jefff
Poor Russia! Really you need another 300 years to understand who is manipulating, scaring, and killing you. If you can mourn Anna today and then leave her in peace, then she wasn't needed by you in life. Today it's too late, however. Anna knew what she was doing and you should too. Condolences to both of you.

Katerina
The murder of any journalist is terrible. It is a gag, by which they shut our mouth. I am sorry for Anna, such a talented and purposeful person. It is pitiful and terrible that deeds such as this are still possible...

40 posted on 10/10/2006 2:58:28 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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From Novaya Gazeta:
http://2006.novayagazeta.r u/nomer/2006/78n/n78n-s00.shtml

WE SAW OFF ANYA
       

      
       
Thousands of people arrived to give their last respects to the brutally murdered journalist. (Our colleagues in journalism from other papers wrote about 'hundreds' coming to Anya's funeral, but in truth there were thousands). People came, following the commands of their hearts and consciences.
       Dozens of ambassadors from very significant foreign states, as well as ordinary people, stood next to each other in the hall of farewells. All were able to say their final goodbye. (We express our appreciation to the organizers of this sad ceremony). The hall, designed for 500, could only hold a thousand. The rest waited patiently, in order to prevent a crush. The government dispatched a deputy cultural minister.
       Our last bow to Anya lasted two hours. There were no hysterics, even though strength and nerves were stretched to the limit. There were no problems, despite the huge crowd. (The special police, who came at our request to maintain order, had nothing to do.) Several dozen journalists, from Russia and the rest of the world (and this is not a figure of speech) behaved very correctly. The relatives of Anya asked that there not be a single photographer or television camera at the funeral. .
       Last Tuesday all of us, without exception, bid this person farewell.
       

     


Many, many more photographs here:
http://2006.novayagazeta.r u/nomer/2006/78n/n78n-s00.shtml

41 posted on 10/12/2006 12:01:49 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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