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Russian Investigator says Journalist's Killer Identified, but Not Arrested


The chief investigator probing the Moscow killing of noted Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya says authorities have identified the gunman who executed her, but have not yet made an arrest.

Petros Garibyan says charges have been filed against 10 of 11 people linked to the 2006 murder.

Garibyan's comments were published Monday in the newspaper where Politkovskaya worked, Novaya Gazeta, the day after the first anniversary of her death. He said those arrested are suspected of helping organize the murder in Politkovskaya's Moscow apartment building. He refused comment on who may have ordered the killing.

Garibyan said investigators believe Politkovskaya's murder was politically motivated and linked to her anti-Kremlin writings. She had reported extensively on evidence of Russian military links to war crimes in Chechnya, and was openly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In August, Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika said a Chechen emigre is the suspect who organized Politkovskaya's killing. Chaika's comments on the emigre were not addressed in today's interview. Chaika also said some evidence in the Politkovskaya case pointed to the same people behind the 2004 murder of the U.S.-born editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, Paul Klebnikov.

In March, a Moscow court suspended the retrial of three Chechens accused of murdering Klebnikov, after one of the suspects failed to appear in court. No one has been convicted in his murder.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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