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Chronology Of Murder Trial

Chronology Of Murder Trial
  • Oct. 15, 2008: Lawyer Karina Moskalenko, due to represent the Politkovskaya family, said before the trial opened that she found poisonous mercury in her car in Strasbourg, France.
  • Nov. 17, 2008: The court orders a public trial for the three suspects, rejecting a prosecution request for a closed hearing.
  • Nov. 19, 2008: Judge Yevgeny Zubov bars the public from the trial. The judge said jurors refused to enter the courtroom with reporters present. A juror gives an interview challenging this account. Reporters are allowed to be present during some, but not all, hearings.
  • Nov. 26, 2008: Prosecutors show the courtroom the bullets they say killed Politkovskaya two years ago.
  • Nov. 27, 2008: Jurors are shown photos of Politkovskaya entering her Moscow apartment building just before she was shot. The prosecution says the man in the photos -- who it says shot Politkovskaya -- is not one of the three defendants in court.
  • Dec. 2, 2008: A trial witness says one of the three on trial had worked as a secret agent for Russia's domestic intelligence service, the FSB.
  • Feb. 16, 2009: A lawyer for Politkovskaya's family tells the court the three accused were just pawns. Moskalenko appeared to direct the blame for the murder at the authorities, but did not identify any individuals.
  • Feb. 19, 2009: The jury returns its verdict.