Anna Politkovskaya, whose reporting from Chechnya defied the Kremlin’s propaganda and sought to reveal the truth of what was happening there, has been found shot dead in an elevator of her apartment building on Lesnaya Street in central Moscow, gazeta.ru reports. Reuters has more here. RFE/RL gives further details.
An attempt was made to poison Politkovskaya in 2004, when she tried to take a flight to Beslan at the time of the hostage-taking there.
If it is shown, as seems likely, that this was a planned murder, carried out for political reasons, then it indicates one more stage in the descent of Russia, under Vladimir Putin, into the condition of a fascist state.