Russian Reporter’s Murder Was Meant as a Message, Investigator Says
New York Times
November 9, 2012
By Anna Kordunsky
MOSCOW — The motive behind the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a veteran reporter who was an unstinting critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was to instill fear in the country’s journalists, a top criminal investigator said in an interview published Friday. It was a bleak assessment of a case that remains unsolved six years after Ms. Politkovskaya was shot at point-blank range as she arrived home from grocery shopping.
“I believe the person who ordered this pursued not only retaliation against Anna Politkovskaya for critical publications,” Petros V. Garibyan, who headed the investigation, told the daily newspaper Kommersant. Referring to the killer, Mr. Garibyan said, “First and foremost, he sought a demonstrative and resonant act aimed at intimidating all of you — journalists — as well as society and the authorities.”