Russian High Court Reopens Case of Murdered Journalist

Suspicion of Anna Politkovskaya's killers leads to Chechnya
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 7:47 AM CDT
In this October 2004 photo reporter Anna Politkovskaya attends a rally against war in Chechnya in downtown Moscow.   (AP Photo/Fyodor Savintsev, File)
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(Newser) – Russia's supreme court ordered a new investigation into the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the crusading journalist whose killers have not yet been found, reports the Guardian. The move received a cautious welcome from Politkovskaya's lawyer, who welcomed a new manhunt but said, "Whether the general prosecutor will use this opportunity, we don't know." A shambolic trial of four people accused in her death earlier this year ended in acquittals.

Authorities have discovered neither the journalist's assassin nor the person or group who ordered her murder. While Politkovskaya was a frequent critic of Vladimir Putin, her strongest criticism was aimed at Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin's hand-picked president of Chechnya. Kadyrov has denied all involvement, but several of his critics have ended up dead—most recently in July, when a human rights advocate and friend of Politkovskaya was abducted and killed in the Chechen capital.