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Prosecutors in Russia appeal against Politkovskaya murder trial acquittal

Demonstrators place a portrait of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya during a demonstration commemorating killed opposition activists in central Moscow, February 1, 2009.Photo: Reuters / Thomas Peter

The Russian prosecutor-general’s office has filed an appeal before the supreme court against the acquittal of three men who were accused in connection with the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya. A jury found the three men not guilty on February 19 at the end of a trial before a Moscow military court.

“We point out that the Politkovskaya murder has not been solved,” Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said after teh appeal was filed on February 27. “The three men tried by the Moscow military court did not include the triggerman or the person who ordered the murder. The investigation should continue regardless of this decision.”

Politkovskaya was gunned down in the lobby of her Moscow apartment building on October 7, 2006.

Date posted: March 4, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 428