Ten Years After Anna Politkovskaya’s Murder – The Mastermind Still Walks Free
Anna Politkovskaya worked as a journalist at the investigative paper Novaya Gazeta and was internationally famous for her reports about human rights abuses in warn-torn Chechnya. On 7 October 2006 she was gunned down in the elevator of her house in central Moscow. While the assassins have been sentenced, the investigation however, has never established who ordered this brazen murder.
Anna Politkovskaya’s colleagues at Novaya Gazeta say that they know for a fact that she was killed because of her work on Chechnya. This Russian region is infamous for an atmosphere of pervasive fear, and widespread abuses which include torture, kidnappings and extrajudicial killings.
Since 1992, 32 journalists in Russia have been murdered with impunity. Journalists exposing sensitive issues face harassment, threats and physical violence.