Sunday, June 5, 2011

Politkovskaya, a former colleague: "The arrest of the alleged murderess is not a turning point"

"It was September 2006, the last time I saw Anna," says Oksana Chelysheva, a former colleague of the journalist Politkovskaya at Novaya Gazeta. "Together we recalled in the interview that he did the year before the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. He seriously threatened during the interview and the day after he seized while in Tsentoroe, Kadyrov's home village.

Natasha was also with her that he would not leave her alone. He witnessed the terrible threat of Kadyrov with whom Anne was almost at hand. At that point, Natasha, and a bodyguard began in the middle and managed to avoid the worst. Eventually Anna and Natasha managed to escape to safety.

" They were all three friends: Oksana, and Natasha Estemirova Politkovskaya, a journalist herself, and activities of the Memorial. Friends and passionate battles for human rights. In particular, in that strip of land north of the Caucasus, Chechnya, where under the pretext of the war on terrorism rights paper.

Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in the doorway of his home in Moscow, 7 October 2006. A special day, that, as was the birthday of Vladimir Putin, then president of Russia and "godfather" of Kadyrov. Natasha Estemirova was found dead in a ditch made on July 15, 2009, in neighboring Ingushetia.

For both murders, Russian public opinion believes that there is a hand of the Chechen president. For this Chelysheva, who for years lived in exile in Finland because he fears for his life, does not believe that the arrest of Rustam Makhmudov for the murder of Politkovskaya could represent a breakthrough in the investigation.

At least until they are identified principals and motive. "I have many questions - via email to ilfattoquotidiano says. it - I do not expect much even if the court Makhmudov could clarify some details. I'd like to know who helped him hide in Belgium in all these years. " Chelysheva says bluntly.

"I believe that Kadyrov has something to do with the murder of Anna." Makhmudov was captured by Russian secret services last May 31 while he was comfortably at home in the Chechen village of Achkoj-Martan. Given the perpetrator of the murder of Politkovskaya, Makhmudov, 37, is the largest of the brothers Ibragim and Dzhabrajl.

They too have been accused of that crime. Acquitted in February 2009 on them now pending a retrial, since June 25, 2009 the Supreme Court, on appeal of the Prosecutor General of Moscow, set aside the acquittal. Makhmudov and his brothers are suspects the officer Pavel Rjaguzov and former police officer, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, convicted in 2010 for extortion against a witness of the murder of Politkovskaya.

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