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Petitioners Call For Probe Of Politkovskaya Killing


http://gdb.rferl.org/FB63AC5C-1FCE-4FEB-8C9B-B99C0B702044_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/FB63AC5C-1FCE-4FEB-8C9B-B99C0B702044_mw800_mh600.jpg Demonstrators in Germany protest on October 11 against Politkovskaya's killing (epa) December 15 (RFE/RL) -- More than 12,000 people have signed a petition calling for an international investigation into the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.


The petition was handed over to Rene van der Linden, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary-General Robert Menard today in Paris.


Politkovskaya, who wrote on human rights abuses in Chechnya and corruption in Russia, was gunned down in Moscow in October.

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Anna Politkovskaya at RFE/RL in July 2006 (RFE/RL)


A BRAVE VOICE SILENCED. Prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed on October 7 in her Moscow apartment building. An outspoken critic of the Kremlin, she was best-known for her reporting on the conflict in Chechnya. Former Soviet President Gorbachev called her slaying "a true political homicide, a vendetta."

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