Anna Politkovskaya


A true journalist is dead. She was called Anna Politkovskaya. At the entrance to her house they shot her in the heart and then in the head. She lived in a building on the edge of Moscow. She leaves two children. She leaves an investigation into torture by Russians in Chechnya that can no longer be published by her newspaper the Novaja Gazeta.
She left all her documents, archives, photos, and PC to the Russian Police who impounded everything they found in her modest apartment as soon as she died. They can read it all calmly during the investigations.
She leaves Putin, a former member of the KGB at the head of Russia. She leaves Kadyrov, Putin's man, accused by her of crimes against the Chechen population. She leaves the silence of the Kremlin, perhaps in profound mourning.
She leaves Chirac who decorated Putin with the Great Cross of the Legion of Honour. She leaves a book: "Putin's Russland" that I advise you to read. In the book, Anna says this about Putin: "Russia has already had people of this type who govern. And it finished in tragedy. In a blood bath. In civil war. I don't want it to happen again."
Anna remembers the death of Matteotti. Kidnapped and killed after his accusational speech against fascism in Parliament. The last one before the Regime and Mussolini's official speech in 1925 to the Lower Chamber when the dictatorship was installed. "If fascism was none other than castor oil and truncheons rather than a superb passion of the best Italian youth, then it's my fault!
If fascism has been an association for delinquent acts, I am the head of an association for delinquent acts!" But at least il duce did not impound the private papers of Matteotti.
What will happen in Russia now? But this is not a question that Western democracies can ask. It's beyond discussion that Russia is a democracy based on gas and oil that is exported. If they didn't export that, they would go back to being the good old dictatorship of once upon a time.

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It is a too easy to point the finger immediately at Putin when referring to the murder of Anna Politkovkaya.

There maybe people behind Putin who had an interest in her death... We don't know but to accuse Putin in Anna's death as most Western media do is just too obvious and is just the usual way media are reporting about this country: Showing their lack of knowledge!

Unfortunately the truth is that Putin is not the kind of guy the West wants to see at Russia's top.

I just have a couple of questions to you:
What is the advantage for Putin to kill Anna when it is quite obvious that he would be the first, everybody would suspect, especially the West! Wouldn't her death harm him more than it would be useful for him? And the last question I want to ask is: Why would Putin kill her if he has the political support of the majority of the country and he is not going to run for the next election?

I just want to say: Be more critical and don't just point your finger at somebody because everybody around you does so! Especially from your website I would have expect a more critical article!

Posted by: Lilly Knuth | November 1, 2006 02:21 AM

Ms Politkovskaya was an American citizen and things are not as simple as you think, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Posted by: Maya Pravda | October 12, 2006 09:30 PM

Alessandro, there is a blog for comments in Italian. Please post there.

Posted by: Noel | October 10, 2006 08:38 PM

You are in a parallele dimension, Prince.
But your dimension is the right one, I always said it to you!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 10, 2006 08:26 PM

I would've been migrated to a parallel dimension.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 10, 2006 08:11 PM

Read Russian History and you'll realize that this Country has been f@#&%up from the time the mammuts
roamed the steppe. I define Russia as the Country that never had one minute of happiness in her history. I'm still running away from Italy after many years, but if I'd been born in Russian I would have escaped with the speed of a rocket!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | October 10, 2006 06:17 PM

Hello, Sting!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 10, 2006 04:21 PM

They love their children like everyone else in this world!

Posted by: Roberto Antonelli | October 10, 2006 04:20 PM

Do the russians love their children too?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 10, 2006 04:00 PM

Eva: I agree 100% with you.
the most part of the problems our society are caused by this "mind my own businness" attitude.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 10, 2006 01:56 PM

Caro Beppe,
domenica ad Helsinki ci sarß una fiaccolata nei pressi dell┤ambasciata russa per Anna.Entro la fine del mese Putin verrÓ in Filnandia,ma la presidente della Finlandia si guarda bene dal chiamarlo amico.

Posted by: Alessandro Buoni | October 10, 2006 12:37 PM

no dear "wise me", it shouldn't work like that!
Anna Politkovskaya was killed only beacause she was LEFT ALONE, was ISOLATED, thus it was easy to wipe her out... if she'd had strong support from her collegues and from the people she was trying to make aware, it would've been useless killing her, because after her someone else would come...

we are coward but a few, and I'm disenchanted, I have no hope, perhaps hope has never existed.

Posted by: Emmanuele Da Iglesias | October 10, 2006 12:29 PM

To evakulnura:

I find your comment insulting.

Posted by: Wise Me | October 10, 2006 12:22 PM

to Wise Me, I find your comment insulting ,after somebody with more balls then you,lost her life,if everybody mind is own business we are going to drawn in s...t,I have lots of rispect for who put their life on the line for telling us the real truh,sad there aren't many left.

Posted by: evakulnura | October 10, 2006 12:12 PM

The lesson I draw from all this is:


Posted by: Wise Me | October 10, 2006 11:35 AM

It is always a shame that a courageous free voice is shut up so violently as Anna Politkovskaya's voice has been stilled. She was a thorn to those who wanted to continue with their I-don't-care-what-others-think attitude, especially about the issues in Chechnya.

Naturally, the armed conflict between Russia and Chechnya is harming both sides in an equal manner though, as we all know, Chechen rebels had no qualms whatsoever in killing innocent children and civilians, and Russian forces have, again, shown themselves inadequate dealing with such emergencies, often causing more loss of life and further pain and hardship.

The value of life and the freedom of expression are simply Virtues we can speak about theoretically, as we do with moral absolutes. I sometimes wonder how free we really are...

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | October 10, 2006 10:44 AM

why does not luttazzi come back to rai also with the left party at the government?

Posted by: fab tom | October 10, 2006 10:27 AM

It's hard to say who is responsible for this, it could be Putin, after all, if you're going to get the blame (as most people seem to be pointing the finger at him) why not commit the crime?

It could also be friends of Kadyrov, as they certainly had a reason to do so..

Or it could be someone who supports chechnyan freedom, as nothing looks worse than someone who criticizes the goverment getting assassinated. As it is, the chechnyan freedom fighters seem to have no problems killing innocents, as they've proved more than a few times (as have the russian security forces)..

So many criminals, so little justice.

Posted by: Nick W | October 10, 2006 10:14 AM

As with everything else happening in the world, you have to ask "cui bono?". It is simply too easy to conclude that Putin's henchmen were behind this "hit", but the reality is that if they were the ones who order her killing, it would have been made to appear to be an accident. Putin has absolutely nothing to gain domestically or internationally from being seen to simply eliminate a vocal opponent.

However, there are others who do have a lot to gain from making it seem like Putin is ordering the 'execution style' deaths of political opponents - others who have a lot to gain by encouraging Georgia to act in a hostile fashion towards Russia. Now ask yourself who those 'others' might be.

Posted by: Noel | October 10, 2006 09:22 AM

Beppe Grillo is a strange guy: about six years ago Antonio Russo had been murdered because he may have been discovered too much about atrocities in Chechnya. So, maybe for the same reasons Anna Politkovskaja was shot dead. How come Beppe Grillo never wrote anything about Antonio Russo?

Posted by: nick sandro miranda | October 10, 2006 05:35 AM

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