Police May Have Played a Part in Politkovskaya Murder

The alleged organizer of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, a former senior police officer, has been detained, said a spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Russia.

According to the investigators, Moscow police were involved in the murder. ‘Pavlyuchenkov … instructed his subordinates to keep the journalist under surveillance in order to find out the routes and time of her daily movements around town’, the spokesman said.

The investigators also indicated that they know who ordered the murder.

Politkovskaya, who won international acclaim for her investigations into human rights abuses in Chechnya, was shot dead in her apartment building in Moscow on then-President Vladimir Putin's birthday in October, 2006. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a body separate from the police force, was formed in January, 2011.