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(Update) Assassination in Moscow

8:14 AM, Nov 20, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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(The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/19/AR200611... target=_blank>reports: "British police are investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and have placed him under protective guard at a London hospital…. Alexander Litvinenko, 43, began vomiting shortly after he had lunch on Nov. 1 with a man who gave him documents related to the recent killing of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist.")

Posted on October 7, 2006:

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered last night in Moscow, reports 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.

I'm told that Politkovskaya had written an article on Russian atrocities in Chechnya due to be published on Monday.