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Russia prosecutors charge suspect in Politkovskaya murder

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have charged a suspect as an accomplice in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [JURIST news archive], Russian news agency Interfax reported Friday. Shamil Burayev, a one-time district head in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya and former presidential candidate, was arrested [JURIST report] earlier this month in connection with Politkovskaya's murder. Burayev's lawyer said prosecutors believe Burayev revealed Politkovskaya's address to other people involved in the murder.

Politkovskaya, who had covered the crisis in Chechnya for Novaya Gazeta [media website, in Russian] since 1999, was shot in the head and in the chest after returning to her Moscow apartment building one day last October. She was a well known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and authored two books on Chechnya. Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika [official website, in Russian] announced last month that Russian authorities had arrested 10 people after an investigation into the killing; two of those suspects were later released [JURIST reports]. Chaika has said that Politkovskaya's murder was orchestrated by a Moscow-based Chechen criminal group specializing in contract killings. Reuters has more.

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