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I dream of him some day sitting in the dock

Tony Wood: Anna Politkovskaya, 24 June 2010

Nothing but the Truth: Selected Dispatches 
by Anna Politkovskaya.
Harvill Secker, 468 pp., £18.99, January 2010, 978 1 84655 239 7
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... close range in what Russians call a kontrolnyi vystrel, a ‘control shot’. With the killing of Anna Politkovskaya on 7 October 2006, the world lost one of its most courageous reporters, and Russia its most principled voice of opposition to Putin and the ongoing war in Chechnya. Between 1999 and her death, ...

Catastrophic Playground

Stephen Kotkin: Chechnya, 18 October 2001

A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya 
by Anna Politkovskaya, translated by John Crowfoot.
Harvill, 336 pp., £12, June 2001, 1 86046 897 7
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Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Caucasus 
by Svante Cornell.
Curzon, 480 pp., £57.88, January 2001, 0 7007 1162 7
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... integrity than Chechen secession could ever have done. ‘Both sides support the same ideology,’ Anna Politkovskaya writes, in her disjointed but moving collection of articles translated and reprinted from Novaya Gazeta, a small-circulation newspaper in Moscow. ‘Neither one nor the other has any pity for the civilian population.’ This forgotten ...

The Murder List

Tony Wood: Kadyrov’s Death Squads, 14 May 2009

... own participation in these cruelties. Similar accusations were at the heart of the story Anna Politkovskaya was working on when she was killed in the lift of her Moscow apartment block in October 2006. Kadyrov’s involvement in the killing was never proven: the three men tried for it were reportedly linked instead with the FSB, the Russian ...

Remembering Boris Nemtsov

Keith Gessen: Boris Nemtsov, 19 March 2015

... politician, people were reminded of what Putin had said immediately after the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed. ‘Her influence over political life in Russia was minimal. Murdering such a person certainly does much greater damage from the authorities’ point of view … than her publications ever did.’ Seven years later, Peskov on ...

Po-210 as a Poison

Norman Dombey: Death by Polonium, 2 August 2007

Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB 
by Alex Goldfarb, with Marina Litvinenko.
Simon and Schuster, 369 pp., £18.99, June 2007, 978 1 84737 081 5
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... campaign and when he reappeared claimed the FSB had drugged him; in September 2004, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow shortly before Litvinenko became ill, lost consciousness after drinking tea aboard a flight to Beslan (she later asserted that FSB agents on the plane had poisoned her); and the Russian MP and human rights ...


Tony Wood: Chechnya, 22 March 2007

... was from the outset carried out by only a few courageous, embattled individuals – most notably Anna Politkovskaya, whose murder in October 2006 was obviously connected to her work in exposing abuses and atrocities committed by pro-Moscow forces in Chechnya. On 23 January this year the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, an organisation that reports on ...

Russia’s Managed Democracy

Perry Anderson: Why Putin?, 25 January 2007

... in the drizzle as quietly as they came. The authorities had gone to some lengths to divert Anna Politkovskaya’s funeral from the obvious venue of the Vagankovskoe, where Sakharov is buried, to a dreary precinct on the outskirts that few Muscovites can locate on a map. But how necessary was the precaution? The number of mourners who got to the ...

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