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Politkovskaya Suspects Ordered In Custody

Dzhabrail Makhmudov (left) and his brother Ibragin Makhmudov charged in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya (file photo)
Two Chechen brothers allegedly involved in the 2006 killing of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya have been sent to a Moscow detention center.

The Moscow City Court on September 2 ordered the defendants detained after prosecutors claimed that they violated travel restrictions by leaving Moscow recently.

The trial of the Makhmudov brothers and three other men charged with killing Politkovskaya was postponed last month after Dzhabrail Makhmudov was wounded by an unknown shooter in Moscow.

The five suspects pleaded not guilty in July. Three were acquitted of similar charges in 2009 and are now being retried.

Politkovskaya was an outspoken journalist who reported on atrocities committed by pro-Kremlin armed groups in Chechnya.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS