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Who killed Anna Politkovskaya?
Sanders Research Associates ^ | October 11, 2006 | John Laughland

Posted on 10/26/2006 11:28:24 PM PDT by vargan

In reality, Politkovskaya was virtually unknown in Russia. The reaction of a wealthy Russian businessman dining in Brussels on the night of her murder was typical:

‘Politkovskaya? Never heard of her.’


Some of these articles contained glancing references to the last journalist to have been killed in Moscow, the American editor of Forbes magazine, Paul Klebnikov, but none of them bothered to add the key rider that no one has ever suggested that the Russian government had Klebnikov murdered. On the contrary:

whereas Politkovskaya was an anti-Putin militant, Klebnikov was an anti-oligarch militant. He wrote a brilliant book about Boris Berezovsky – one of the most informative books about Russia’s ‘transition’ in the 1990s, in which he accused Berezovsky of murder and of being hand in glove with Chechen drug lords and gangsters – and he published a series of interviews with one of the Chechen separatist leaders, which he undiplomatically entitled ‘Conversations with a barbarian’. He was rewarded for his efforts with a bullet in the head. When he died, there were no paeans of praise for his bravery or courage in the Western press, even though he was an American, for Klebnikov had devoted his life to arguing that the West’s policy in Russia is based on an alliance with very serious criminals, and that the ‘businessmen’ whom the West champions as freedom fighters – Berezovsky has political asylum in Britain – are in fact a bunch of ruthless murderers.

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TOPICS: Russia
KEYWORDS: politkovskaya; putin; russia
Noteworthy quote:

Politkovskaya’s colleagues on Novaya Gazeta include notorious pro-American commentators like the ‘independent Moscow-based defence analyst’, Pavel Felgenhauer, whose also works as a columnist for the Jamestown Foundation: the Director of that body, Glen Howard, is Executive Director of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, a neo-con outfit which campaigns for a ‘political settlement’ with the terrorists in that North Caucasus province of the Russian federation. This may explain why you can find only one opinion about Politkovskaya in the Western media. At the same time, by contrast, there is a huge variety of opinions about her murder in supposedly dictatorial Russia itself. The theories now circulating in Moscow about Politkovskaya’s murder include (apart from the claim that the Russian government or the Chechen authorities were responsible):

1 posted on 10/26/2006 11:28:25 PM PDT by vargan
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To: vargan
"Who killed Anna Politkovskaya?"

...probably a stooge of fascism.
2 posted on 10/26/2006 11:33:07 PM PDT by familyop ("he died for rodeo horse on Jul 25, 1987." --skanamaru)
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To: vargan

More questions there too.

3 posted on 10/26/2006 11:46:20 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

Regarding the publisher of the posted piece, the location of "Sanders Research Associates" (Hertfordshire, UK) is also a little interesting.

4 posted on 10/26/2006 11:58:02 PM PDT by familyop ("he died for rodeo horse on Jul 25, 1987." --skanamaru)
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5 posted on 10/27/2006 2:42:56 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: familyop

Good catch - well spotted. Yes ... that is a notable address.

6 posted on 10/27/2006 3:00:07 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: vargan
To my mind the assisination of Mrs Politkovskaya is far less significant than the murder of Mr. Kozlov.

The last was a top official, he was fighting successfully against crimes in an important branch of economy

Politkovskaya reported on alleged crimes committed by Russian military in Chechnya. Did they commit crimes? Probably. Do I care? No. Given the situation that was in Chechnya it was natural whatever European arm chair moralists cry out. They don't know who the Chechens are, that there have been war and no effective law enforcing, they have forgotten that the Chechens terrorists routinely kidnapped Western (and Russian, of course) nationals after 1995 for ransom, that they tryed to invade Russian Dagestan after a peace treaty that they tried to install the Sharia law in Chechnya. They also forgot how the Chechen terrorist treated non-Chechen population in the beginning of the nineties and so called "Chechen avizo" story, Chechen slave-owning and etc.

Kadyrov's authority and governing practice exactly fits the the Chechens. The Putin's policy in Chechnya could be erroneous because everyone can make mistakes but definitily not stupid.

Some people just don't understand that sometimes you MUST kill and oppress because they're used to live in a "garden".

7 posted on 10/27/2006 3:03:21 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior
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To: Freelance Warrior
Some people think that if something is bad for Russia then it is good for their nation.

That's why they are ready to support Chechens, and Politkovskaya-like journalists who always write in favor of Chechens.

When they think of Chechens, they are forgetting about WOTcrusade, they stop thinking that Chechens are same muslims they are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. That they are even financed from same source.

Those people are sure Chechens are good freedom fighters against the Evil Russia and Politkovskaya is their prophet.

8 posted on 10/27/2006 3:27:21 AM PDT by vargan
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