Anna Politkovskya was a journalist, writer and human rights activist.
On 7th October 2006 she was shot dead in the lift of her block of flats in Moscow.
The assassination remained unresolved.
Politkovskya made her name reporting from Chechnya for Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper well known for its critical and investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs.
She has published several award winning books about Chechnya, life in Russia and President Putin’s regime.
Awards include: 2001 Golden Pen Prize, Russian Union of Journalists, 2001 Amnesty International Global Award. Journalism, 2002 PEN Freedom to Write Award, 2002 International Women’s Media foundation Award, 2004 Olef Palme Prize, 2007 UNESCO Press Freedom Prize, 2007 Democracy Award.
In May 2014 five men were convicted of murdering Politkovskaya, including three defendants who had been acquitted in a previous trial. The defendants were three Chechen brothers, one of whom was accused of shooting Politkovskaya in the lobby of her Moscow apartment building. In June 2014 the men were sentenced to prison, two of them, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev and his nephew Rustam Makhmudov, receiving life sentences. It is still unclear who ordered or paid for the contract killing.