Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and human rights campaigner. Well known for her investigations into social issues in Russia and her reports from the war-torn region of Chechnya, she was a prominent critic of the administration of President Vladimir Putin.
She was assassinated in the lobby of her apartment building in October 2006. Many people accused the Putin administration of orchestrating her murder; however, Politkovskaya had made several enemies over the years as a result of her journalism, including powerful figures in Chechnya.
Putin suggested that her murder had been planned and commissioned by someone outside Russia who wanted to destabilize the country. It was clear who Putin was referring to: Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch who was engaged in an international propaganda battle with the Kremlin.
Politkovskaya wrote several books based on her journalistic work, especially covering Chechnya and Russia under Putin, such as Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy and A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya
Another journalist who was assassinated in Moscow was Paul Klebnikov, who wrote about corruption in Russia, in particular on the role of Boris Berezovsky: Godfather of the Kremlin: The Decline of Russia in the Age of Gangster Capitalism
For a more general overview of Russia at this time, you might like to try Black Earth : Russia After the Fall
Attribution for music used in this episode:
Assassinations Podcast Theme Music (Intro, Outro, and Transitions) written and performed by Graeme Ronald