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Journalist Critical of Putin Found Murdered


After surviving previous poisoning attempts on her life, Anna Politkovskaya was found shot to death in her apartment lift. Reuters, Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow:

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, police said.

"According to initial information she was killed by two shots when leaving the lift. Neighbors found her body," a police source told Reuters. Police found a pistol and four rounds in the lift.

Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of two, won international fame and numerous prizes for her dogged pursuit of rights abuses by Putin's government, particularly in the violent southern province of Chechnya.

"The first thing that comes to mind is that Anna was killed for her professional activities. We don't see any other motive for this terrible crime," said Vitaly Yaroshevsky, a deputy editor of the newspaper where Politkovskaya worked.


Though Russia maintains a facade of democracy, it would appear that the Putin regime is up to its old tricks. Let this be a lesson for the socialist-communist liberals. As bad as the Bush administration has been, we know of no instances where it silenced American citizens via murder. But we do know of those that carry on the traditions of left-wing states, such as Russia today, doing just that.

I would love to see radical left-wing protesters move to Russia. Lets see if they last as long criticizing Putin as they have with Bush.

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