Friday, October 13, 2006

U.S. Prepared to Investigate Murder of Politkovskaya

Caucasian Knot/Memorial

USA prepared to investigate murder of Politkovskaya

The US State Department does not rule out the possibility of the Russian party inviting American experts for the investigation of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, stated Sean McCormack, official US State Department representative on October 11. It also became known yesterday that the American embassy in Moscow is now considering the possibility of such cooperation. Anna Politkovskaya was born in the USA and, apart from being a Russian subject, was also an American citizen.

The press-service of the US embassy in Moscow informed the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” newspaper correspondent that “in conformance with American legislation, the embassy is prepared to provide the necessary consular services to Politkovskaya’s relatives.” They noted that the Russian authorities, so far, “have not applied to the Russian party for assistance in the investigation.”

Anna Politkovskaya, “Novaya Gazeta” newspaper correspondent, was killed on Saturday, October 7, in Moscow. Politkovskaya was primarily known by her materials related with Chechnya and North Caucasus. The last interview in her life, given almost an hour before the murder to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent, was also devoted to the Chechen problems.

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