An impromptu memorial to Anna Politkovskaya outside the apartment block in which Anna Politkovskaya was killed (ITAR-TASS)
October 17, 2006 -- A Russian human rights campaigner, Oleg Orlov, has resigned from his position as a Kremlin adviser because he disagrees with President Vladimir Putin's views on the murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Putin said last week the murder of the reporter, a critic of the Kremlin, was a "disgusting crime". He added the killing did more harm to Russia than her reporting ever had.
The Presidential Council on Promoting Civil Society and Human Rights confirmed receiving a letter of resignation from Orlov, who heads the independent human rights group Memorial.
Supporters of the slain journalist were angered by what they saw as official corruption and abuses, especially in the Kremlin's campaign against insurgents in Chechnya.
Politkovskaya was shot dead on October 7 in a contract-style killing that investigators said was probably linked to her reporting on Chechnya.