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Two Suspects In Politkovskaya Case Reportedly Released

Law enforcement officials are implicated in Anna Politkovskaya's murder (file photo) (Courtesy Photo) August 30, 2007 -- Russian media reports say prosecutors have released two suspects in the killing of investigative journalist and outspoken Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya.

The reports say a third suspect is no longer linked to the case, and that a fourth suspect could not have been involved in the murder because he had been in prison when Politkovskaya was killed in Moscow on October 7, 2006.

Prosecutors on August 27 announced the arrests of 10 people, including several law enforcement officers, in connection with the crime.

The Prosecutor-General's Office today refused to comment on the reports that two suspects have since been released.

A Moscow district military court spokesman said a Federal Security Service (FSB) officer who had been named among the suspects was still being held, but his arrest was not connected to Politkovskaya's killing.

Murad Musayev, a lawyer for one of the suspects, on August 29 told RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service that the case is "far from solved," and accused prosecutors of scare-mongering.

A rally in memory of Politkovskaya is scheduled to be held in the center of Moscow today, marking what would have been Politkovskaya's 49th birthday.

(AP, RIA Novosti, BBC in Russian)

Reading Politkovskaya

Reading Politkovskaya

A memorial for Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow shortly after her murder (epa)

'A SMALL CORNER OF HELL': RFE/RL's Russian Service invited a number of prominent Russians to read passages from Anna Politkovskaya's second book on the war in the North Caucausus, "A Small Corner Of Hell: Dispatches From Chechnya" (see transcripts in Russian).The excerpts below are in Russian and are each about five minutes long.


Nikita Belykh, head of the Union of Rightist Forces:
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Sergei Buntman, political commentator with Ekho Moskvy:
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Andrei Babitsky, RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent:
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Vyacheslav Izmailov, "Novaya gazeta" journalist:
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Marianna Maksimovskaya, host of REN-TV's "Nedelya":
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Eduard Limonov, head of the National Bolshevik Party:
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Svetlana Sorokina, television journalist:
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