The criminal statute of limitations is not the end of the fight. The Novaya Gazeta newspaper and Anna Politkovskaya’s former colleagues are not giving up. The investigation that the police did not carry out continues, especially with a witness who has remained in the shadows until now, in this 1 hour and 53 minute film of investigation and tribute that they have done. Oleg Goloubovitch gave these details to the journalist Sergueï Sokolov, who states: “Goloubovitch gave us his detailed testimony on tape”, informs.
In 2014, five men were found guilty of having organized, executed or participated in the murder of Politkovskaya. They were sentenced to long prison terms.
Chechen Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, logistical organizer of the crime, died in 2017 in prison.
Fierce criticism of the Kremlin, in particular of its bloody war in Chechnya and of the leader of that republic Ramzan Kadyrov, the Novaya Gazeta investigative journalist was shot dead on her staircase on October 7, 2006. The assassination coincided with President Vladimir Putin’s birthday. Today, only the material authors have been convicted.
The newspaper will now fight in court to have the investigation reopened until the name of the person who gave the order to kill her is revealed. On this day of mourning for the newspaper, the emotional charge remains strong. “Anna, forgive us for not having been able to protect you, for the fact that 15 years have passed since your murder without the perpetrators having been punished,” said Elena Kostyuchenko, director of investigation of the newspaper, crying before the cameras.
Editor-in-chief Dmitri Muratov is determined, but is aware of the risks. “Impunity, the murder of Politkovskaya still unsolved, shows that journalism is not always compatible with staying alive”, he says.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said for his part that it is “very difficult” to establish the truth in contract killings.
“Of course, we would all want those responsible for this crime – both the architects and the perpetrators – to be punished”he added.
Since 2000, six Novaya Gazeta journalists have been assassinated.
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