A former police officer detained for murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya
24 Aug 2011

Russian investigators have detained a former lieutenant police colonel as a suspect in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The campaigning reporter was openly critical of Russia’s involvement in Chechnya. According to the latest investigation, Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov¬†was offered cash to murder Politkovskaya, and he was a part of a group aiming to kill her, including Rustam Makhmudov. Makhmudov was arrested on 31 May for allegedly shooting Politkovskaya. There are also allegations that¬†Pavlyucenkov used his position as lieutenant police colonel to monitor the movements of the journalist.

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