"Alexander Litvinenko, who died horribly in a London hospital on Thursday, is only the latest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet a brutal death. On Oct. 7, another critic, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in the lobby of her Moscow apartment building. Two years earlier, in July 2004, the U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov was murdered as he emerged from the offices of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. These killings and many others are linked to the deepest mystery of the Russian state. The mystery is the rise of Vladimir Putin..." (snip)
Pity her children, who are left motherless.
Pity those who lost their friend.
Pity those whom she cannot help.
Pity her loved ones, and those who loved her.
Pity Novaya Gazeta, which lost an honest and courageous comrade.
Pity the now defenseless truth.
I am very sorry about Anya Politkovskaya.
Why did they kill her? Why did they kill Yuri Schekochihin? Why did they kill Igor Domnikov?
Those who ordered the deaths of these journalists, of what were they afraid?
They were not afraid of being unmasked.
They do not react to facts and proofs.
They ignore opinions and arguments.
They despise dissenters.
They spit on public opinion.
Why did they kill Anna Politkovskaya five years ago in the stairwell of her home on Lesnaya Street?
Because they heard her words.
By her own efforts she defied the omnipotence of the existing government.
Anya was a devote person. But ordinary. A woman. She grew within herself, and she did not have an easy time getting along with herself. And it was hard to get along with her. But how she did live - putting herself inside others, helping others, saving others. But this annoyed some people. She was a warrior on the front, a front that she herself defined.
And they killed her on this front.
Five years have passed. Through the efforts of investigators, lawyers, and the editors of Novaya Gazeta, Anna Politkovskayas murder case is moving ahead, though with difficulty. Those suspected of organizing and committing the crime are under investigation. Investigators for now do not know who gave the orders, but we are certain that sooner or later everyone will get what is their due. It is not vengeance that we wish, but the execution of a duty.
Debts must be paid. To everyone.
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An account dedicated to our colleague is on Facebook.
We created a page dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya on the Facebook social network. Here we are posting her photos, showing her office, and introducing her publications and family, as well as giving people a chance to read her books, listen to her favorite music, and chat - about her.
Together with you, our readers, we would like to fill these pages, and so we have opened this opportunity to everyone. Any of you can add photos and videos, leave a comment, or suggest to the editors an event in her memory.
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Anna Politkovskaya Square
On October 7th, the fifth anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil will host the opening of a square bearing her name.
Anna Politkovskaya Square is located near the cathedral of St. Peter.
Attending the opening ceremony will be the Mayor of Montreuil, Dominique Voine, as well as representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights League, the Women's Home of Montreuil, and Galina Ackerman, historian and translator of Anna Politkovskayas works. (no link)