Putin Promises Probe of Journalist's Slaying

Associated Press
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MOSCOW, Oct. 9 -- President Vladimir Putin pledged to President Bush on Monday that authorities would do everything they could to find the killers of an investigative journalist who was a fierce critic of Kremlin policy toward Chechnya.

In a phone conversation, Putin said that "all necessary efforts will be made for an objective investigation into the tragic death" of Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down in an apparent contract killing Saturday.

Putin's remarks were his first on the slaying of the 48-year-old award-winning reporter who uncovered abuses of civilians in Chechnya.

Her newspaper has offered a reward of nearly $1 million for information that would help solve the crime, which provoked worldwide condemnation.

Colleagues said she had been working on a story about torture and abductions in the war-ravaged province -- abuses she blamed on the Moscow-backed prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov. "I dream of seeing him tried," she said in an interview days before her death.

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