The article describes the alleged torture of two unidentified men at the hands of Kremlin-backed Chechen security forces. It is accompanied by graphic video stills shot during the torture session. One photograph shows a man lying prone on the ground in a pool of blood.
Politkovskaya, who wrote frequently about human rights abuses in Chechnya, told RFE/RL's Russian Service two days before her death that she was working on an article about two men tortured to death by forces loyal to Chechnya's pro-Moscow Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov.
Politkovskaya was shot dead October 7 in her Moscow apartment block, in what has been described as a contract-style killing.
Colleagues believe Politkovskaya's murder was connected to her work.