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ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA: VICTIM OF A KREMLIN POWER STRUGGLE?
Jamestown Foundation (Eurasia Daily Monitor) ^ | October 23, 2006 | Charles Gurin

Posted on 10/25/2006 3:08:17 PM PDT by sergey1973

Various theories have circulated regarding who might have murdered the journalist Anna Politkovskaya on October 7, and why. According to these, she was targeted by nationalist extremists, or by Russian military officers that she had named in connection with human rights abuses in Chechnya, or by Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, whose alleged abuses she had chronicled in great detail. Two days after her murder, the website of Politkovskaya’s newspaper, Novaya gazeta, said it was either an act of revenge by Kadyrov or carried out by “those who want suspicions to fall on the current Chechen premier, who, having passed the 30-year old boundary, can aspire to the post of [Chechen] president” (Novayagazeta.ru, October 9). Kadyrov turned 30 -- the Chechen constitution’s minimum age for a president of the republic -- on October 5. However, the comments about the murder being the work of either Kadyrov or his enemies were subsequently removed from the Novaya gazeta website. Putin himself, meanwhile, suggested the murder was connected to exiled opponents of his government who wanted to blacken its -- and Russia’s -- reputation. A pro-Kremlin newspaper was more explicit, suggesting that former Yukos official Leonid Nevzlin and Boris Berezovsky -- exiled in Israel and Britain, respectively -- were somehow involved (Izvestiya, October 9).

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: annapolitkovskaya; chechnya; crime; eurasia; kremlin; murder; putin; russia

1 posted on 10/25/2006 3:08:17 PM PDT by sergey1973
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Nothing is out of the realm of possibility in Russia it seems....


2 posted on 10/25/2006 3:09:14 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (FEAR THE SWEATERVEST!!!)
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3 posted on 10/25/2006 3:09:44 PM PDT by sergey1973
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Does anyone really doubt that Putin did it - especially after he castigated journalists for "eavesdropping" on his rape comments .


4 posted on 10/25/2006 5:33:50 PM PDT by spanalot
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When an honest attempt at understanding what is actually taking place in Russia sounds like reading tea leaves, you know that government is no more transparent now than it was under any previous Czars.


5 posted on 10/25/2006 8:31:18 PM PDT by Wuli
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