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Amnesty Says Politkovskaya Convictions Fall Short Of Full Justice

By RFE/RL
Amnesty International says the conviction of five men for the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya marks only "a small step towards justice."

The rights watchdog said in a statement on May 21 the process "left too many questions unanswered" and that "full justice will not be served until those who ordered the crime are identified and face the courts."

Sergei Nikitin, Head of Amnesty International’s office in Russia, said until justice is delivered in Politkovskaya's case, "all journalists and activists will be at risk" in Russia.

A Moscow court on May 20 convicted five men of Chechen origin over the murder of Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in 2006 in her Moscow apartment building.

She had reported on alleged human rights abuses in Russia, particularly in Chechnya.

Those who ordered Politkovskaya's killing have not yet been identified by authorities.

The Moscow City Court on May 21 adjourned a hearing on the sentencing of the five men convicted in her murder until May 27.

Based on Amnesty International statement, with reporting by ITAR-TASS, AFP

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