Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Former Police Officer Sentenced To Prison In Politkovskaya Murder

A former police officer has been found guilty of complicity in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow in 2006. A court found Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov guilty of using his position as a lieutenant colonel in the Moscow police department to use police officers to follow Ms. Politkovskaya. He then gave that information to hit men who killed her. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison. Ms. Politkovskaya's family, while pleased that someone has finally been held accountable for her death, thinks the sentence is too light, and plans to appeal. Five other defendants face charges in her murder. Two of them were already tried several years ago in the case, and now face re-trial. More here from the L. A. Times.

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