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Hundreds rally for slain activists

October 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of people urged Russian authorities to find and punish the killers of journalists and human rights activists in a rally to mark the third anniversary of the killing of Anna Politkovskaya.

"The authorities are incapable of solving such crimes," said Mikhail Kasyanov, an opposition leader and a former prime minister. "Even the most honest investigator cannot solve the crime because the government won't let him."

Politkovskaya, an internationally known journalist, was a harsh critic of the Kremlin and exposed human-rights abuses and corruption in Chechnya. Prosecutors have said little about who might have ordered her killing Oct. 7, 2006.

Three men accused of playing minor roles in the killing remain under investigation.

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