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On August 30th journalist A.Politkovskaya would have been 54
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, 30 2012

ImageAnna Stepanovna Politkovskaya the author of the documentary book A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya and The Second Chechen War was born August 30th, 1958, in New York City, where her parents were stationed in the diplomatic service.

In 1980she graduated from the College of Journalism at Moscow State University. After graduation she worked and was on the staff at various newspapers, such as Izvestiya, Air Transport, Megapolis-Express, as well as work for the publishers Eskart and Parity. In1999 she began work as a columnist at Novaya Gazeta. Starting in July of 1999, Anna made repeated trips into the war zones and refugee camps in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya. InDecember of that year, she organized the evacuation of 89patients from a nursing home in war-torn Grozny, and through her efforts got them resettled in Russia.

She was an active defender of human rights, assisting the mothers of dead soldiers in court, investigating corruption, and even participating in negotiations with the terrorists that had seized Nord-Ost.

More than once during her journalistic career Politkovskaya received awards. Shereceived the ‘Good Deed Good Heart’ award from the Union of Russian Journalists, the Union of Journalists award for her materials combating corruption, and the ‘Golden Gong 2000’ for a series of articles on Chechnya. InJanuary of 2000, Politkovskaya received the ‘Golden pen of Russia’ award for a series of reports from Chechnya.

Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in the elevator of her home in central Moscow on October 7th, 2006. Police officers found a Makarov pistol and four expended cartridges near her body. Everything pointed to a contract killing. Commissioner for Human Rights under the President of Russia, Vladimir Lukin, stated: “She was a human rights defender and a journalist in the true sense of the word a hero of Russia.”


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