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Suspect Accused of Organizing Murder of Anna Politkovskaya to Stand Trial

16 November 2012 

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The General Prosecutor’s Office is taking to court the criminal case against Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov (Pavliuchenkov), the former Lieutenant-colonel of the Moscow police, accused of the organisation of the murder of Novaya gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, reports citing Interfax.

In the indictment, Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is accused of crimes specified in Part 2 Article 105 of the Criminal Code as “murder” and in Part 3 Article 222 of the Criminal Code as “unlawful possession”.

Furthermore, Anna Stavitskaya, the lawyer of the family of Anna Politkovskaya, announced that the defence is asking Moscow City Court to investigate the materials of the case against one of the suspected organisers of the crime, one Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, a former employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, before he is sentenced. Lawyers are intending to ascertain whether he met the conditions of the plea bargain which he made to cooperate with the investigation, as well as to insist that the case not be treated in accordance with special rules.

Ex-Lieutenant-colonel Pavlyuchenkov was arrested on August 23rd 2011. In addition to him, there are five people charged in connection with the murder case: Lom-Ali Gaytukaev, the suspected organiser of the crime, Sergei Hadzhikurbanov, an ex-employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and three of the Makhmudov brothers, one of whom, Rustam, according to one version of events, carried out the murder.

As has been previously reported, Pavlyuchenkov has asserted that the entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky and ex-envoy of the Chechen militia Akhmed Zakayev, who have received political asylum in the United Kingdom, ordered the commission of the crime. At the time Politkovskaya’s relatives stated that there was no evidence to link the murder to Berezovsky and Zakayev, and that for the sake of a deal Pavlyuchenkov “will say anything.”

On October 9th 2012, the aggrieved in the murder case of Anna Politkovskaya, Ilya Politkovsky and Vera Politkovskaya, demanded that the prosecutor’s office overturn a deal made with Pavlyuchenkov in return for his cooperation. The Investigative Committee of Russia announced that there was no basis for overturning the deal with Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov whatsoever, as he complied with everything asked of him within the framework of his obligations.

Anna Politkovskaya, who was famous for her journalistic investigations into abuses of human rights in Chechnya, was killed in the lift of her home on Lesnaya Street in Moscow on October 7th 2006. The main version of her murder adopted by the investigation linked the murder with her professional activity.