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Memorial marks 7th anniversary of murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya

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Memorial marks 7th anniversary of murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya

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A memorial plaque for murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been unveiled on the 7th anniversary of her death.

The 48-year old, who worked as a reporter for Novaya Gazeta newspaper in Moscow, was shot dead in her apartment building on President Putin’s 54th birthday.

Politkovskaya had been investigating human rights abuses in Chechnya and high-level corruption across Russia.

The high profile case has come to symbolise attempts to silence dissent in Putin’s Russia.

In 2012, former Moscow city policeman Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was found guilty of following Politkovskaya and giving a weapon to the killer.

He was sentenced to 11 years in jail but struck a plea bargain for a reduced sentence. He refused to reveal the names of the people who ordered the killing.

A further group of men suspected of the journalist’s killing are currently on trial.