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Chechen Poet and Anti-Separatist Gunned Down Outside His Home in Moscow

November 18, 2011

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MOSCOW.— Chechen poet, academic and anti-separatist Ruslan Akhtakhanov has been shot dead outside his Moscow apartment. Russian authorities are considering the murder a contract killing. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said, “The way in which the murder was carried out suggests it had been ordered.” Akhtakhanov was well-known for his anti-separatist views, believing that Chechnya […]

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Retired Police Officer Arrested for Plotting the Murder of Chechen Human Rights Defender and Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

August 27, 2011

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Retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was arrested on Tuesday for organizing the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Pavlyuchenkov is claimed to have formed the group tasked with killing Politkovskaya. Authorities have accused the colonel of receiving payment for plotting the murder of Anna Politkovskaya and forming the group to […]

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