Russian prosecutors have charged a former government official from Chechnya as an accomplice in the murder of campaigning journalist Anna Politkovskaya. She was a fierce critic of Russian policy in the Chechnya and of President Vladimir Putin. She was shot dead in her Moscow flat last October.
Shamil Burayev, who was arrested last month, insists he is innocent, but prosecutors say he discovered Politkovskaya’s address and passed it on to her killers. The murder led to international condemnation and Putin’s critics said he was not doing enough to protect freedom of speech. Prosecutors say the murder was probably linked to Politkovskaya’s exposures of human rights abuses in Chechnya.