Five men were convicted on Tuesday of murdering Russian investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, including three defendants who had been acquitted in a previous trial, reports the Guardian. Politkovskaya’s killing drew attention to the risks faced by Russians who challenge the authorities and deepened Western concerns for the rule of law under President Vladimir Putin, who was then serving his second term.
Another jury’s 2009 acquittal of three of the men who were found guilty of murder on Tuesday embarrassed Russian prosecutors and was later thrown out by the supreme court, which ordered a new trial. The defendants were three Chechen brothers, one of whom was accused of shooting Politkovskaya in the lobby of her Moscow apartment building on Oct. 7, 2006, as well as their uncle and a former police officer. The person who ordered the hit has not been identified. Politkovskaya was best known for her dogged reporting on human rights violations in Chechnya.