When I was in Ukraine last year I took with me her book Putin’s Russia, and found it to be both very interesting and utterly depressing at the same time. Although I thought she laid too much of the blame for the state of Russia at the feet of Putin and implied that the problem was more to do with him as an individual than Russia as a whole, she did an excellent job of highlighting exactly what is going wrong in Russia today and describing the appalling state of affairs with which ordinary Russians have to live. Sadly, people like her willing to criticise what is happening in Russia are all too few and her murder will do nothing to encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
Her death is a tragedy for Russia. If somehow the government was involved, it represents a disaster.