New York, August 27, 2007
Ten suspects have been arrested in the October 2006 assassination in Moscow of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika told a news conference today. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the development but urged Russian authorities to publicly disclose details of the probe, including evidence of the suspects’ involvement and the role of the purported masterminds.
Chaika told reporters that the detained suspects include current and former police and Federal Security Service (FSB) officers, along with members of a criminal gang that “specializes in contract killings” and is led by a Chechen crime boss. He did not identify the suspects by name. Russian authorities detained the suspects between August 15 and 23, and the Basmanny Court of Moscow approved the arrests today, according to local news reports. Chaika said the suspects would be formally charged soon.