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12 years on, Politkovskaya murder still unsolved

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian liberals on Sunday marked 12 years since top was gunned down as her newspaper accused authorities of refusing to find the instigator of the murder.

An with Russia's top Novaya Gazeta, the 48-year-old Politkovskaya was shot dead on October 7, 2006, in the entrance hall of her apartment block in

In 2014, a court finally sentenced two men to life in prison for Politkovskaya's murder, and handed lengthy prison terms to three others involved in the killing.

But 12 years on investigators have yet to identify who ordered the apparent contract killing, and said on Sunday the authorities had no interest in pursuing the investigation any further.

"Investigators are not replying to queries, they are not in touch with the complainant," said Sergei Sokolov, Novaya Gazeta's

"There's an impression that the case is being buried in the sand," he told radio station.

A and the Kremlin's tactics in Chechnya, Politkovskaya was assassinated on his birthday, with her killing sending shock waves around the world.

On Sunday, her newspaper published a long list of questions it said remained unanswered.

asked why Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a Chechen who was found guilty of organising the hit, died last year in a penal colony where he was serving a life sentence.

His nephew Rustam Makhmudov, who fired the fatal shots, is serving a life term.

"No one knows what is happening with the search for the mastermind and others involved in this," the newspaper said.

In July this year, the condemned for failing to take adequate steps to find those who ordered Politkovskaya killed.

The judges found that Russian investigators should have explored possibilities that the crime was ordered by "agents of Russia's FSB domestic secret service or of the administration of the Chechen Republic".

Politkovskaya's supporters were set to stage memorial events in and other cities.

She won numerous awards for her reports and books, and several awards were established in her name.

On Thursday, the Reach All Women in WAR Award, set up to recognise women promoting human rights in war zones, was bestowed on Indian activist and Belarus' Svetlana Aleksievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel prize for literature.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 19:20 IST