Gorbachev: Journalist’s murder was political

Budapest Times | Oct 16, 2006

Former Soviet President Gorbachev labelled her killing “a true political homicide”. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was notably slow to condemn her murder and only first commented on Politkovskaya’s killing two days after the event. Paying a less then fulsome tribute to her he said that her influence on Russian political life had been “minimal” and that: “This murder does much more harm to Russia and Chechnya than any of her publications.”

Whilst on a trip to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel Putin’s public appearances were repeatedly interrupted by chants of “murderer”.

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