Paper Hunts Journalist's Killers

Nine in custody, gunman still on the run
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2007 8:19 AM CDT
Protesters hold photos of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkowskaja during a demonstration in front of the Russian embassy on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Investigative reporter and Kremlin...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and Russian prosecutors know the identity of the assassin who gunned down journalist and outspoken Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, whose murder caused international outrage a year ago. Since her death nine people have been arrested, but the gunman and the person who ordered the killing remain at large, the New York Times reports.

Some fear a thorough investigation is being blocked by the Kremlin. “She was killed because she was uncompromising and brave,” said a friend of Politkovskaya at a memorial service to mark the first anniversary of her death. “She struggled against violations of law, lies, and violence. Lies and violence rule this country.”