Russian opposition portals wrote on November 14 about the pardon of a man convicted of participating in the murder of a famous journalist. He was pardoned in exchange for participating in the war against Ukraine. The information about the pardon was confirmed by his lawyer Alexei Mikhalchuk. He said that pardoning the convict “is not only freedom obtained by fighting for Russia, but also the restoration of justice” because, according to Khadzhikurbanov’s defenders, he was not involved in the death of Anna Politkovskaya.
The co-organizer of Politkovskaya’s murder left the colony for the front at the end of 2022. The deceased’s relatives were not notified about this. In a joint statement with the editorial office of Novaya Gazeta, where Anna Politkovskaya worked, they called Khadzhikurbanov’s pardon “a monstrous act of injustice and an insult to the memory of a man killed for his beliefs.”
During the war, Khadzhikurbanov took over as commander of an intelligence unit, and a few months later he became a battalion commander. After the six months required for pardon, Khadzhikurbanov renewed his contract with the Ministry of Defense. It is not known what position he currently serves. Now it is reported that he received the Order of Courage for his service. This information was provided to the Baza portal by actress Julia Sziferstein, a friend of Khadzhikurbanov, reports sibreal.org.
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Anna Politkovskaya was murdered on October 7, 2006 in the elevator of her home in Moscow. On the day of her death, she was supposed to write an article for Novaya Gazeta about torture used by the Chechen authorities. Politkovskaya’s associates are sure that the crime is related to the order given by Ramzan Kadyrov.
The journalist traveled many times to the war zones in Chechnya, and in 2000 she received the Golden Pen award for a series of reports from this country. She was also involved in human rights activities, in particular helping mothers of fallen soldiers. Politkovskaya herself participated in negotiations with the terrorists who took hostages in the theater center in Dubrovka.
In 2014, Khadzhikurbanov was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. He should be released in 2034. Khadzhikurbanov surveilled the journalist. He was supposed to provide the killers with information about her daily schedule.
In October 2021, the statute of limitations in the case of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder expired under Russian law. The principal of this crime has not been found.
However, the journalist’s killers were convicted. Lom-Ali Gaitukayev was found to be one of the organizers of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 (he died in the colony in 2017). Rustam Makhmudov, whom he considers the murderer of Anna Politkovskaya, was sentenced to life in prison.
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