Russia reopens probes into journalist killings

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Investigations into the unsolved murders of five Russian journalists are being re-opened. Prosecutors say the move is the result of campaigning by the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists.

It says that 19 unsolved murders of reporters are being reviewed.

They include the case of Anna Politkovskaya, the investigative reporter and fierce Kremlin critic killed in 2006.

The committee says it is pleased with its meeting with Russia’s top investigator.

“Chairman Bastrykin told us that he himself will travel to a European country to request the extradition and arrest of a suspect in the Anna Politkovskaya case,” said board member Kati Marton.

CCTV footage shows a man thought to have been involved in the reporter’s murder. Human rights groups say little progress has been made in solving the case.

Natalya Estemirova’s killer is also being sought. The human rights activist’s murder in Chechnya last year brought international condemnation.

Moscow-backed Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, was blamed for this and other deaths – charges he has repeatedly denied.