9 Jun 2014

Pair who murdered journalist jailed for life

9:54 pm on 9 June 2014

Two men have been given life sentences by a Moscow court for the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, according to Russian news agencies. They were among five men convicted of the crime in May.

Anna Politkovskaya speaking in New York in 2002.

Anna Politkovskaya speaking in New York in 2002. Photo: AFP

The 48-year-old investigative reporter and vocal critic of Russia's war in Chechnya was shot in a lift in her block of flats.

Three of the men had been acquitted of the murder, but Russia's supreme court ordered that they be retried, the BBC reports.

Rustam Makhmudov was found guilty of pulling the trigger and is one of those who received a life sentence. His uncle, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who was found guilty of organising the murder, was also jailed for life.

The three other convicted of the killing - two of whom are Makhmudov's brothers - were sentenced to serve between 12 and 20 years.

Ms Politkovskaya's reporting for Novaya Gazeta newspaper won international renown for her dogged investigation of Russian abuses in Chechnya.

But her pieces, which were highly critical of President Vladimir Putin, then serving his second term, and the Chechen leadership, angered many in authority.