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Murdered Russian Journalist Politkovskaya Remembered With Flowers

A man holds a portrait of Politkovskaya during a rally marking the 8th anniversary of her death in Moscow.
A man holds a portrait of Politkovskaya during a rally marking the 8th anniversary of her death in Moscow.
By RFE/RL's Russian Service

Journalists honored the late Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya by bringing paper flowers to the headquarters of her newspaper, "Novaya Gazeta," on the eighth anniversary of her murder.

The flowers were fashioned from pages of newspapers and other media outlets taking part in the commemoration organized by Amnesty International.

Ceremonies were also held in other cities..

Politkovskaya, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, whose dogged reporting exposed high-level corruption in Russia and rights abuses in its Chechnya region, was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building on October 7, 2006.

Last June, two men were sentenced to life and three others to long prison terms for their involvement in Politkovskaya's murder.

Relatives and colleagues say justice will not be done until those who ordered her killing are identified and convicted.

Politkovskaya was killed on Putin's birthday, prompting speculation that her murder was meant as a "gift" to the president.

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