MOSCOW, September 30 (RAPSI) – The family of the late journalist Anna Politkovskaya don’t know if any progress has been made in finding the mastermind of her murder, her son, Ilya Politkovsky, told Interfax on Tuesday.
Ilya Politkovsky said he doesn’t even know if they are searching for those who planned and are responsible for his mother’s murder.
Anna Politkovskaya was killed on October 7 eight years ago.
Amnesty International said on Tuesday that it would hold an international day in her memory on October 7 to express solidarity with Russian journalists who do not receive adequate protection from the state.
The Russian Investigative Committee said in June that they were taking exhaustive measures to find the masterminds of Politkovskaya’s murder. A separate case on the masterminds of her murder has been opened.
On October 7, 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a crusading reporter with the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was shot and killed at the age of 48 in the elevator of her central Moscow apartment building. The murder has been linked to her coverage of human rights abuses in Chechnya.
In June 2014, the Moscow City Court convicted five people for Politkovskaya’s murder. It sentenced Rustam Makhmudov and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev to life in prison. Their accomplices, brothers Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, were sentenced to 12, 14 and 20 years in a maximum security penal colony, respectively. The court also fined them 5 million rubles ($131,615) payable to the late journalist’s children.
The convicted felons have appealed the ruling.