Could Chechnya’s strongman be linked somehow to the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of the most prominent critics of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Even if he didn’t, Ramzan A. Kadyrov is still one scary mofo.
From the Guardian: Men climbed peaks and unfurled his portrait, while women flirted shamelessly in videos that quickly went viral: Russians celebrated Vladimir Putin‘s 60th birthday on Sunday with adulation fit for a king.
Today marks the sixth anniversary of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s death (by coincidence, Oct. 7 is also the birthday of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin). An essay written by Politkovskaya about two months before she died (and published in the Washington Post eight days after she was shot to death) circulated on Twitter today.
From the Christian Science Monitor story’s subhead: “Anna Politkovskaya was murdered three years ago, but her killers have not been brought to justice. Russian journalists say that’s a sign of how dangerous their jobs have become.”
Three men on trial for their support roles in the murder of crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya have been acquitted by a jury.
From the Guardian: A Russian politician ordered the assassination of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, defence lawyers claimed yesterday at the trial of three men accused of involvement in her murder.
A BBC feature on the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and what her son thinks about the 2006 contract-style killing.
From the NYT: The convoluted trial of three men accused of involvement in the murder of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya took a new twist on Wednesday when a judge decided to bar the media from the proceedings, reversing a decision made two days earlier to open the courtroom to the public.
From the BBC: Several men have gone on trial in Moscow charged with involvement in the murder of prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006.
From the BBC (posted July 1): The man wanted over the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya is hiding in western Europe, Russia’s chief investigator has said.