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US nonprofit organization welcomes sentence in Politkovskaya murder case

June 10, 2014, 9:33 UTC+3 NEW YORK
Natives of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Rustam Makhmudov and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, found guilty as the perpetrator and the organizer of Politkovskaya’s murder
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Rustam Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Sergei Khadjikurbanov

Rustam Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Sergei Khadjikurbanov

© ITAR-TASS/Mihail Pochuev

NEW YORK, June 10. /ITAR-TASS/. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an American nonprofit organization, has welcomed the sentences passed on Monday by the Moscow City Court to five defendants in the case of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder more than seven years ago.

“We welcome the sentencing of the organizer, gunman, and three accomplices in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, but true justice can only be achieved when the masterminds of the crime are identified, prosecuted, and punished,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a statement.

“We urge Russian investigative authorities not to rest until the key culprits are in the dock, answering for this brutal crime,” she said.

Natives of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Rustam Makhmudov and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, found by jurors guilty as the perpetrator and the organizer of Politkovskaya’s murder on October 7, 2006 in her apartment block, were sentenced to life in prison.

An accomplice in the murder, former police officer Sergey Khadzhikurbanov, got 20 years in a penal colony. Brothers of the killer, who spied on the journalist Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov received 12-and 14-year sentences respectively.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to establish the mastermind of Politkovskaya’s murder.

Politkovskaya worked for the Novaya Gazeta liberal newspaper.

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