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PACE Head Demands Politkovskaya Investigation

Rene van der Linden (file photo) (RFE/RL) October 18, 2006 --- The president of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) said today he would demand Russian officials conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Rene van der Linden told a Moscow conference on democracy building that he would use his stay in Moscow and all meetings to put his authority behind that demand.

Van der Linden has meetings scheduled with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament.

The two-day meeting will focus on the role of political parties in democracy-building.

Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of the Kremlin, was killed on October 7 as she returned to her apartment in central Moscow from a trip to the supermarket. No one has been detained.


Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

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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