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  • 9 June 2014, 10:01

Anna Politkovskaya's Killers Jailed For Life

Two men have been jailed for to life for the 2006 killing of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Ms Politkovskaya, 48, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, specialised in uncovering state corruption and rights abuses.

She was gunned down in the lift at her Moscow apartment block.

Five men were found guilty last month of the killing.

Russia's Interfax news agency said a judge agreed to the prosecutors' request to order life imprisonment for Rustam Makhmudov, who was the gunman.

His uncle, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who also got life, organised the logistics of the killing.

Two of Makhmudov's brothers, Ibragim and Dzhabrail, were sentenced to 12 and 14 years and a former Moscow policeman, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, was given 20 years as accomplices.

Ms Politkovskaya won international acclaim for her reports in Putin-critical newspaper Novaya Gazeta, about Russian abuses in Chechnya.

The Makhmudovs and their uncle are of Chechen origin.

The investigative journalist also published her reporting experiences in the book Putin's Russia, which won global acclaim.

Ms Politkovskaya was shot twice in the chest, once in the shoulder, and once, at point blank range, in the head on October 7, 2006.

Authorities have yet to ascertain who ordered her murder - prompting anger from relatives.

"We agree with the verdict, but this is only a small part of those who are guilty in the crime," the journalist's son, Ilya Politkovsky, was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency.

A spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee, Sergei Markin, said "exhaustive measures" were being taken to discover who else was involved, according to the RIA agency.

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