We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Oct. 2004 file photo reporter Anna Politkovskaya Fyodor Savintsev/AP/Press Association Images

Ex-police officer charged in Russia reporter death

A former lieutenant colonel has been formally charged – 11 months after his arrest – with helping to organise the 2006 killing of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

RUSSIAN INVESTIGATORS HAVE charged a retired police officer with helping organise the 2006 killing of an investigative reporter who was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building.

The killing of Anna Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of Kremlin policies in Chechnya, caused widespread suspicions of government involvement. Six men have been charged with the killing, but investigators still have not named the person who ordered the assassination.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Monday that Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who was a lieutenant colonel at the time of the killing, has been formally charged 11 months after his arrest. Investigators said earlier that Pavlyuchenkov tracked down Politkovskaya’s movements to help the suspected triggermen.

Pavlyuchenkov served as a witness during the 2009 aborted trial of two Chechen brothers and another ex-police officer.

Read: Putin’s chief investigator apologies over death threat

Read: Suspected mastermind of Anna Politkovskaya murder arrested

Associated Foreign Press
Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.