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The Investigation into the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya has been Completed

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22.10.2012 reports, citing the Investigative Committee, that the investigation into the five men suspected of the murder of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been completed. The suspects are the brothers Rustam, Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and Lom-Ali Gaitukaev. The five have been charged with a contract killing by an organized group, related to the publicly beneficial activities of the victim, and also of illegal dealing in weapons.

"This criminal case is being treated separately,” the report states. “The investigation into those who ordered the killing and other persons who have yet to be identified continues.”

The organizer of the crime, according to investigators, was Gaitukaev. “In 2006 Gaitukaev set up the organized group, which was joined by the other accused, and also by the police officer Dmitry Pavliuchenkov,” the Investigative Committee states. Khadzhikurbanov conducted oversight of all the actions of the group, the investigators believe. The Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmud kept watch on Politkovskaya, and passed on information about her movements to Rustam Makhmud. According to the investigators it was Rustam Makhmud who carried out the killing. The role of Pavliuchenkov was to pass information to the Makhmud brothers about where Politkovskaya lived, the Investigative Committee says.

"Investigators working on the case have gathered enough evidence to finalize the charges. Therefore today the Investigative Committee is announcing that the initial investigation is completed and is informing those charged, their defence counsel, and also the victims, of this. After they have been informed, the victims will be invited to examine the materials of this criminal case,” the Investigative Committee stated.

On 9 October the children of Anna Politkovskaya – Ilya and Vera – sent the Investigative Committee and the Office of the Prosecutor General a petition requesting that the plea bargain with Pavliuchenkov be annulled. The victims considered that the separate criminal case against him should be merged with the general case in relation to the murder of their mother. Those charged in the case have stated their innocence, and they will be tried without any deal with the investigators. This would allow for a full judicial hearing into the case, writes.

The children of the murdered journalist believe that Dmitry Pavliuchenkov has not fully revealed his real role in the killing. They believe Pavliuchenkov’s version of the “politically motivated murder” is not the true one. According to Pavliuchenkov’s words, those who ordered the killing were businessman Boris Berezovsky and ex-representative of the Chechen rebels Akhmed Zakaev, who have both been given political asylum in Britain.

On 29 August, the Investigative Committee announced that the criminal investigation into Pavliuchenkov would be treated as a separate case and could be considered by a court in a special hearing. This means that the suspect could be sentenced to a term not more than two-thirds of that provided for by the relevant article of the Criminal Code. On 31 May the court released Pavliuchenkov from custody and ordered he be held under house arrest. According to Pavliuchenkov’s lawyer, his client has been critically ill since 26 April. He had four attacks of epilepsy while held in a pre-trial detention facility and he is practically unable to move about, talk or look after himself.

According to, in September last year Pavliuchenkov agreed a plea bargain with investigators. As a result, he was to face lesser charges. Earlier the Investigative Committee had called Pavliuchenkov the organizer of the murder. Now this role has been reassigned to Gaitukaev.

In August 2011, Pavliuchenkov, then head of the fourth investigation department of Moscow city police, was arrested. Initially the investigation accused him of “ordering his subordinates to keep watch on the journalist for the purpose of identifying the routes and timing of her daily movements about the city. Subsequently Pavliuchenkov acquired a weapon, developed a plan and appointed the role of each of the other participants in the preparation and execution of the killing. Information received by Pavliuchenkov and the weapon for the murder were passed on to the immediate perpetrator of the killing.” Earlier a jury had acquitted the Makhmud brothers and Khadzhikurbanov of the murder. In June 2009 the Supreme Court quashed the acquittal and ordered a new investigation into the case.