everybody needs to read Anna Politkovskaya

On Wednesday, BBC News reported that Russian investigators have charged three Chechen men over the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was shot dead in Moscow in October 2006. The motive for the murder was not discussed but the investigative committee assured that the case continues. After having recently read Politkovskaya’s books where she details the unimaginable horrors of the Chechen wars – did you even know there were two? – and the utter lawlessness of Putin’s Russia, it’s not Chechens who you suspect first for killing the obviously fearless woman who must’ve known that by writing so openly about the corruption and abuses of office on every level of the Russian system, she was putting her life on line.

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