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Telegraph: 'Justice not yet done' over murder of Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail

More than 100 notable people including authors, playwrights, politicians and religious leaders have called for Russia to "bring to justice" those responsible for the death of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

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By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
Last Updated: 6:43AM BST 07 Oct 2008
 
Members of Amnesty International hold a demonstration in Paris to highlight the lack of freedom of speech which they say led to her death Photo: AFP/GETTY
She was found shot dead in the lift of her apartment block exactly two years ago on Tuesday. Nobody has been jailed for her murder.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, playwrights Sir Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter, the political author Noam Chomsky and Vaclav Havel, the former president of Czechoslovakia, demanded: "We call again on the Russian government to bring to justice both those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and those who ordered her murder. Despite an announcement in June 2008 by the office of the General Prosecutor in Russia that the investigation had concluded and charges brought against several suspects, two years on, justice has not been done."
The group of 110, which also includes the Labour peer Lord Ahmed, Marina Litvinenko and the broadcaster Jon Snow, described themselves as "supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Woman in War)."
On Monday it presented Malalai Joya from Afghanistan with the second annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, which was "set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict."
Politkovskaya was well known in Russia for her opposition to the war in Chechnya. She also wrote a critical book about Vladimir Putin, the former Russian president and current prime minister, entitled Putin's Russia.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk





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