Russia did not properly investigate murder of journalist, court rules

Paris - Russia failed to properly investigate who was behind the 2006 killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday.

Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya
Russia had convicted a group of men who had directly carried out the killing of the award-winning investigative reporter, the court noted.
But the court said that they should have probed allegations by Politkovskaya's family that officials in Russia's FSB secret service or the autonomous Chechen administration were responsible for ordering the killing.
Politkovskaya, a critic of President Vladimir Putin's policies, had been reporting on human rights abuses in Chechnya at the time of her killing. 
The ECHR said that the investigation into who commissioned the murder had focused solely on one possible suspect, a now-dead Russian businessman living in Britain.
Russia had not explained why the investigation focused on that single line of inquiry, the court said.
The ECHR said that as the killing involved an investigative journalist, authorities had to look for any links between the killing and the victim's work.
It awarded Politkovskaya's mother, sister, and three children, who had taken the case, 20,000 euros (23,477 dollars) in damages.
The court made its findings by five votes to two, with a Russian and a Slovakian judge dissenting.
A Russian court convicted five men of Politkovskaya's murder in 2014, but a motive has never been established and the mastermind behind her slaying remains unknown.


Tuesday, July 17th 2018

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