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  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • In heaven there are a thousand blank pages (Anna Politkovskaya’s loved ones remember her)

    10/07/2011 5:21:32 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 10 replies
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | October 7th,2011 | Galina Mursalayeva
    “The language has become smaller by one, diminishing us. Now your words, like the feathers of dead birds, are in dictionaries. In heaven there are a thousand blank pages, pages you never finished...” It is almost as if Joseph Brodsky were not eulogizing W.H. Auden, but Anya. How many years have we been without Anna Politkovskaya... 2, 3, 4, 5? Yes, five years already. Still, strange as it sounds, in the early years it seemed easier than it is now. Back then, along with the pain, many still clenched their fists and were still courageous. But then there was the...
  • Remember Politkovskaya the Brave

    10/06/2011 5:14:06 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 4 replies
    Komsomolskaya Pravda ^ | October 6th, 2011 | Vladimir Vorsobin
    On the anniversary of the death of my colleague Anna Politkovskaya, I suddenly discovered that I had forgotten whether or not they ever caught her killers I only remember the pompous, yet bungled goings on. There were the prosecutors, rushing to calm a hysterical West (“We found them! We found the evil doers and now we’ll put them away!”), as well as the lawyers juggling myriads of dissonant theories all covered with unpronounceable Chechen surnames. Oh yes, I remember how, in the end, the jury decided that it was not the guilty who had been arrested, and how the public...
  • Dissatisfied with the European Parliament’s soft resolution on Russia, MEPs insist on blacklists

    02/21/2011 10:27:23 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies ^ | February 18th, 2011
    Some members of the European Parliament (MEPs) deemed yesterday’s resolution on Russian non-compliance with the rule of law to be much too soft, and now seek sanctions against Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. As reported in the media, the European Parliament has three enumerations: there is the ‘Khodorkovsky list’, which includes those involved in imposing harsh sentences in the Yukos case; the ‘Magnitsky list’, with the names of those accused of the death in jail of the lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management; and the ‘Nemtsov list’, in which appear the persecutors of Russian opposition leaders. The latter list...
  • Lawyer of murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya 'poisoned'

    10/16/2008 8:04:48 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 391+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 16, 2008 | Tony Halpin
    The lawyer representing the family of Anna Politkovskaya, the murdered Russian journalist, was recovering from an apparent attempt to poison her as the trial opened today of three men accused of involvement in the killing. A judge in Moscow rejected a request to postpone the preliminary hearing because Karinna Moskalenko was ill in France, where police are investigating the discovery of a large quantity of mercury in her car. Ms Moskalenko also represents Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former Yukos founder, who is appealing againts a refusal to release him on parole after serving more than half of an eight-year prison...
  • 'Russian spy poisoned me' says former double agent Gordievsky

    04/06/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 519+ views ^ | 07 April 2008 | Paula Fentiman
    AN ALLEGED attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was being investigated by police last night. Oleg Gordievsky was admitted to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year. And yesterday he claimed he had been poisoned with the highly toxic metal thallium in a botched assassination attempt. Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s, claims he was targeted by a Russian assassin who visited him at his safe house in Surrey. The 69-year-old was unconscious for 34 hours after falling ill last year and...
  • Putin's Heavy Hand Could Halt Russia's Rise (Who was Anna Politkovskaya?)

    03/02/2008 2:30:45 AM PST · by kronos77 · 1 replies · 503+ views
    Putin has done his best to remove Chechnya from the headlines, not by finding a solution to the conflict but by suppressing independent reporting. After Russian authorities protested, Anna Politkovskaya, an award-winning journalist who had written eloquently about Chechnya, even had her invitation to a panel discussion at the Frankfurt book fair canceled. The reality is that the war in Chechnya rages on. Human Rights Watch has reported that last year the number of disappearances was the highest since the second war began in 1999. Despite the destruction and loss of life, Putin remains intent on using force to subdue...
  • Anna Politkovskaya's Deadly Foresight

    10/08/2007 5:00:58 PM PDT · by LenS · 15 replies · 655+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 7th, 2007 | Kim Zigfeld
    When the history of Vladimir Putin’s first decade in national politics is written, it will read like pulp fiction. One moment in the spring of 1997 he’s an unknown KGB spy plagiarizing his thesis at an obscure institute; the next he’s deputy chief of staff to Boris Yeltsin, and soon after that boss of the entire KGB. Within months of reaching that pinnacle, Russia’s leading human rights activist, legislator Galina Starovoitova, is shot dead, and a prosecutorial investigation into Kremlin corruption has been squashed by the revelation of the prosecutor, Yuri Skuratov, on secret sex tapes. No sooner has this...
  • Anna Politkovskaya Arrests Add To Russia Row

    08/27/2007 3:34:26 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 404+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-27-2007 | Duncan Gardham and Helen Womack
    Anna Politkovskaya arrests add to Russia row By Duncan Gardham and Helen Womack in Moscow Last Updated: 11:03pm BST 27/08/2007 Russian authorities have hinted that Boris Berezovsky, a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin who lives in London, was behind the murder of an investigative journalist in Moscow. Journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered October last year Anna Politkovskaya, who was investigating human rights abuses by the Russians in Chechnya, was shot in the lift of her apartment block on Oct 7 last year. Her death - the 13th murder of a journalist in Russia under Mr Putin's rule - provoked...
  • Memorial Rally for Fallen Journalists in Moscow

    12/18/2006 3:34:43 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 7 replies · 360+ views
    Russian Human Rights Organization ^ | December 14th & Dec 18th, 2006 | Vera Vasileva
    Part 1 "Forgive us, we remember you..." Published December 14th, 2006 by Vera Vasileva  Journalism in our country remains one of the most dangerous of professions. In Russia, more than 200 journalists have been killed during the last 15 years. Everyone, regardless of their ideological leaning, was shaken by the recent murder of Anna Politkovskaya. The practice of contract killings to silence objectionable voices has made more and more members of the media fear to write the truth. At Moscow's Novopushinsky Square, from 2-3 pm on December 17th, 2006, there will be a memorial rally in honor of these...
  • Putin's Enemies Have A Nasty Habit: Dying

    11/30/2006 6:01:36 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 25 replies · 829+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Saturday, November 25, 2006 | David Frum
    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. In 1998, Vladimir Putin was...
  • Kremlin Poison

    11/21/2006 1:56:12 PM PST · by brain bleeds red · 59 replies · 2,039+ views
    Geopolitical Report ^ | 11.20.2006 | J. R. Nyquist
    It appears that the Kremlin has attempted to assassinate Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko, whose warnings to the West have been repeatedly cited in this column. A former lieutenant colonel of the KGB/FSB, Litvinenko wrote a book titled Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within. During an interview with Rzeczpospolita in July 2005 he explained that al Qaeda’s number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri was trained by the FSB (KGB) in Russia along with other al Qaeda leaders. According to Litvinenko, “[there is] only one organization which has made terrorism the main tool of solving political problems.” And that organization, he said, “is...
  • Kremlin gave order to kill dissident and former spy, claims top defector

    11/20/2006 4:03:57 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 35 replies · 1,858+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20th, 2006 | Michael Binyon
    Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned on the direct orders of the Kremlin because of his biting mockery of President Putin, according to a former Soviet spy now living in Britain. Oleg Gordievsky, the most senior KGB agent to defect to Britain, said that the attempt to kill Mr Litvinenko had been state-sponsored. It was carried out by a Russian friend and former colleague who had been recruited secretly in prison by the FSB, the successor to the KGB. The Italian who allegedly put poison in Mr Litvinenko’s sushi “had nothing to do with it”. “Of course it is state-sponsored. He...
  • KGB 'try to poison man' in sushi bar

    11/18/2006 7:13:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 1,044+ views
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | November 18, 2006
    Excerpt - Scotland Yard is investigating the attempted murder of a top Russian defector poisoned by political enemies in London. Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-KGB colonel who fled the current Russian regime to claim asylum in Britain, is under armed police guard in hospital. Sources have confirmed that the Russian was taken suddenly and dangerously ill on November 1 while investigating the recent murder of dissident Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Mr Litvinenko was poisoned following a clandestine meeting with an associate at a sushi bar in London's Piccadilly. ~ snip ~
  • Vyacheslav Zhuravlyov, suspect of Politkovskaya's murder, asserts his non-involvement

    11/10/2006 4:50:08 AM PST · by GarySpFc · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Caucasian Knot ^ | 11/8/2006 | Caucasian Knot
    Vyacheslav Zhuravlyov, a militiaman from Nizhnevartovsk, suspected by the State Office of Public Prosecutor of implication in killing journalist Anna Politkovskaya, has stated in his interview to the "Komsomolskaya Pravda" newspaper that he had nothing to do with the murder, and moreover, in no case could have been its executor. Mr. Zhuravlyov told in his interview that he did not leave Nizhnevartovsk on October 7, when the murder was committed, and has numerous witnesses of the fact. Vyacheslav Zhuravlyov appeared in Politkovskaya's publications as the investigator who interrogated Chechen Zelimkhan Murdalov, suspected of storing drugs and arrested by Nizhnevartovsk militiamen,...
  • Who killed Anna Politkovskaya?

    10/26/2006 11:28:24 PM PDT · by vargan · 7 replies · 594+ views
    Sanders Research Associates ^ | October 11, 2006 | John Laughland
    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...
  • Russia's slow death of freedom

    10/16/2006 10:13:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 546+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 16, 2006 | Cathy Young
    ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA, the 48-year-old woman shot dead in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow Oct. 7, was not a public official, a member of parliament, or a leader of an opposition party. But in the eyes of many people, the murder of this fearless journalist has become a symbol of the slow death of freedom in Russia -- a death evidenced by many other events large and small. For the past several years, the Russian state under Vladimir Putin has been steadily working to bring the media to heel. In this stifling and intimidating atmosphere, Politkovskaya, a correspondent...
  • Putin Gets Away With Murder

    10/16/2006 5:24:37 AM PDT · by Donna Lee Nardo · 125 replies · 1,957+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/23/06 | Anders Åslund
    Putin Gets Away with Murder It's time to confront the Russian leader. by Anders Åslund 10/23/2006, Volume 012, Issue 06 IN RUSSIA, gangsters have the macabre custom of making a birthday present of a murder. On Vladimir Putin's 54th birthday, one of his fiercest domestic critics, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was shot to death in her apartment building in central Moscow. She worked for the weekly Novaya Gazeta, Russia's last independent newspaper. Its deputy editor was murdered a couple of years ago, and the killer was never found. Although Politkovskaya had been tailed by the FSB for years and her...
  • Poland calls for severe punishment of Russian journalist's killers

    10/08/2006 1:10:27 PM PDT · by lizol · 26 replies · 550+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2006-10-08
    Poland calls for severe punishment of Russian journalist's killers WARSAW, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Polish foreign ministry on Sunday called for severe punishment of the killers of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the PAP news agency reported. "We hope Russia metes out severe punishment to Anna Politkovskaya's killers," Polish foreign ministry spokesman Andrzej Sados said in response to the slaying of Politkovskaya on Saturday in Moscow. Politkovskaya, 48, a Russian investigative journalist known for her critical coverage of the war in Chechnya, was found dead on Saturday in the elevator of her Moscow apartment. She had two gunshot wounds, one...
  • Russians remember killed reporter

    10/08/2006 12:14:40 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 20 replies · 924+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-08-2006 | BBC
    Hundreds of people have gathered in central Moscow to pay tribute to prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya -a day after she was murdered.
  • Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow

    10/07/2006 2:01:00 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 103 replies · 2,010+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-7-06 | James Kilner
    Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, police said. "According to initial information she was killed by two shots when leaving the lift. Neighbors found her body," a police source told Reuters. Police found a pistol and four rounds in the lift. Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of two, won international fame and numerous prizes for her dogged pursuit of rights abuses by Putin's government, particularly in the violent southern province of Chechnya. "The first thing that comes to mind is that Anna was killed...
  • (Russian Journalist) Anna Politkovskaya Murdered in Moscow

    10/07/2006 8:52:06 AM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 93 replies · 4,492+ views ^ | October 7th, 2006
    Anna Politkovskaya, the famous journalist and political commentator from Novaya Gazeta was killed in Moscow. This was reported by Novaya Gazeta's chief editor Dmitri Muratov to the radio station Echo of Moscow. The murder occurred around 5 in the evening on Lesnaya Street, where Politkovskaya lived. An unknown man in dark clothing shot her with a pistol. A police source reported to Interfax that a neighbor of the journalist found her body in the elevator. Police also found a discarded Makarov pistol and four empty cartridges. Politkovskaya's home is now cordoned off by the police, reported ITAR-TASS. The police are...
  • Russian Journalist Politkovskaya Found Dead

    10/07/2006 8:01:12 AM PDT · by lizol · 40 replies · 1,332+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | October 7, 2006
    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...
  • How they storm houses in Russia (Daghestan)

    02/06/2006 2:19:31 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 15 replies · 733+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | February 2nd, 2006 | Anna Politkovskaya
    A report from the city of Khasavyurt, Daghestan On Monday, January 30th, no one in Khasavyurt needed an alarm clock. The city woke up like a barracks. At 5:30 a grenade launcher blasted. Once. After a pause, given so that everyone could realize that this time, thankfully, it missed, another blast. Then a third, again from the grenade launcher. Later you stop counting. Why? This is how in the special operations in the Caucasus begin, when parts of a residential area together with whoever is dug in there are destroyed in the hunt for ‘fighters’. The grenade launcher has long...
  • Poisonings at Chechen School Investigated

    01/13/2006 8:44:09 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 16 replies · 2,111+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | January 12th, 2006 | Anna Politkovskaya
    Original Title: MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS CLASSIFIED. CONSIDER THE PATIENTS TO BE FAKING The preliminary documents concerning the mass poisoning in Chechnya have been confiscated, and physicians are compelled to choose between the Hippocratic Oath and a non-disclosure agreement.                      Throughout December there were reports of mass poisonings at schools in the Chechen region of Shelkovsk. Just before the New Year's holidays, a government commission which was created in order to 'determine the causes and liquidate the results' of the events there published its official verdict: no need to worry, there were no poisonings, but a mass psychosis due...
  • Dresdner Bank releases Yukos documents

    10/18/2004 4:47:04 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 16 replies · 850+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | October 18th, 2004 | Aleksey Polukhin, Sergey Mikhalych
    Original title:PLUG THE FOUNTAIN!THE MARKET ECONOMY IN RUSSIA IS NO MORE Dresdner Bank sends Yukos documents to Novaya Gazeta                     The 'Yukos affair' has reached its culmination. The government's attempt to cover up the opinions of western businessmen during their de facto nationalization of the company has resulted in an international scandal.        The result is that Russia has lost her business standing, including her ability to attract investment. She has demonstrated to the entire world that the laws of the marketplace do not take precendence to the political and personal interests of those who consider themselves the government.        The...
  • Beslan ushers in Putin’s new age of terror

    10/16/2004 4:53:56 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 638+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | October 17, 2004 | Anna Polikovskaya
    The Russian leader’s journalistic nemesis, Anna Polikovskaya, reveals the brutal truth about her country todayOver the greater part of Russia, October sees the beginning of the winter frosts. This year it also finds the country in the leaden grip of a seemingly endless process of mourning. Last week saw the 40th day of our remembrance of those who died at Beslan. The second anniversary of the Nord-Ost tragedy, when many died after a siege at a Moscow theatre, will fall on October 23-26. In the middle of that anniversary, on October 24, it will be two months since two women,...
  • COWBOY FRIENDS (Russian article slams Bush & Putin)

    07/17/2004 6:10:08 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 36 replies · 1,080+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | July 15th, 2004 | Anna Politkovskaya
    A "New Gazette" correspondent attends the London premier of this year's film sensation "Fahrenheit 9/11" Certainly this is an anti-Bush film, and in this sense from time to time it is excellently filmed. Everything is extremely clear: Bush is skillfully separated from all his words and self-confident facial expressions and shown to be the greatest eccentric of our times. The London theater at first laughs loudly, then in unison sighs: "my God..." while the appearance of silly Britney Spear's talking head, with words of support for "my president" is encountered by a collective shuddering... The anti-Bush emotions aren't everything, however....
  • A vanity from a former Hostage

    10/22/2004 10:23:46 PM PDT · by svni · 105 replies · 3,457+ views
    self | October 22nd, 2004 | Svetlana Gubareva
    I would like to summon up my courage and declare that, of all the participants in this discussion, only I am personally acquainted with Anna Politkovskaya and, perhaps, the reality of Russia. And so, I feel that I have the right to say the following: 1. It is an abominable idea, that Anna was not poisoned, but was only trying to enhance her image. She has already made her name and displayed her authority, not only in the former Soviet Union, but in other countries as well. None of you show her any sympathy, though no one has the right...