Anna Politkovskaya

As Mr Worstall has said already, the murder of Anna Politkovskaya was always likely.

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.

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9 Responses to Anna Politkovskaya

  1. Gracchi says:

    Good article, agree with you entirely. Saw some suggestion that she could have been murdered by the mafia- don’t know how sensible that is or whether it was spread by an enthusiastic press officer to contradict reports that the Kremlin were involved. It’ll be interesting to see how serious the investigation is- I don’t know but are investigations in Russia into things like this taken seriously by the government- if not then that will be insult added to the injury already done.

  2. Tatyana says:

    In this interview, taken by journalist N.Mozgovaya in February (not someone I admire, as a journalist and from political p-o-v), Politkovskaya without hesitation point to her future killer: Ramzan Kadyrov.

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  4. What do you mean “disaster”? You mean it would prove how wrong you were in thinking that her prior statements put too much blame on the Putin administration, and you wouldn’t like to admit you were wrong, because then YOU would be complicit in her death, and in facilitiating the rise of dictatorship in Russia? In that case I’m not sure “disaster” is the word I’d use, maybe “justice” would be better.

    And what do you mean “if somehow” the government was involved? EVERYBODY knows it was involved. It just attempted a coup d’etat in Georgia, it’s providing financial aid to Hamas and Hezbollah, and it killed Anna. It’s run by A CLAN OF KGB SPIES FOR GOD’S SAKE, who arrested her and tried to poison her, just like they tried to poison Yushchenko.

    I know it’s hard to accept that there is evil in the world, so much more comfortable to think that people are just “misunderstood.” But try to be a brave little boy, can’t you? Or else, so many more people will have to die.

  5. Tatyana says:

    Try to be less a hysterical little girl, and avoid using arguments like “everybody know the government is involved”.

    Hers is a terrible death, and the killing of a journalist is a terrible thing, and it speaks bad of the state of Law and Order in the country, but after sampling her writing, reading interviews with her, and learning a bit about her negotiating with terrorists – I would very much hesitate accept attemptsto make a saint out of this woman.

  6. W. Shedd says:

    Clan of KGB spies? Perhaps you should cite your sources, before writing such libel. :-) I am sure that Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev and most of the Russian Duma would be surprised to learn that they are KGB spies …

    Sorry to see that turd known as “La Russophobe” has landed here Tim. Good luck putting up with that …

    Of course she put too much blame directly on Putin as well as inserted herself into the story far too much. One of the first rules of journalism is to take yourself out of the news story, a rule she seldom followed. She was not a saint, but she was an excellent writer in my opinion.

    The issue of her virtue or skill or accumen isn’t really important in any case – the issue is one of crime that has no fear of reprisal within Russia. Much of Russia’s problems are societal and not the result of some vast conspiracy. As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, the fact that she was murdered on Putin’s birthday is telling and troubling as to the assassin’s intentions and message.

  7. TATYANA: By everybody, I mean Evgeny Kiselyov for example. Read it here for yourself:

    Now can you quote me any source concluding that the government WASN’T involved? Did she have some private enemies you know about? And if you want to argue against “hysteria” then I’d suggest you avoid personal abuse like “little girl” and stick to the facts. Other wise you just look like a foolish hypocrite.

  8. W.SHEDD:

    You’re the one who’ll get sued for libel. I didn’t say every warm body in the government was a spy, I said the government was RUN by spies. That means the people who have POWER and make the DECISIONS are spies. It’s quite interesting that you name the ones who are not spies but don’t name the ones who are. Well, interesting is not the word. Hideously dishonest is what is called for. Or, pathetic attempt at Neo-Soviet propaganda. I’d say nice try, but it wasn’t even close.

    Being called “turd” by a person who called Anna Politkkovskaya a liar who wrote gross distortions is a great compliment. So thanks! And thanks for proving how a non-turd should conduct himself, by using words like “turd,” as well as for highlighting the extent of your breeding, education and intelligence.

    PS: Your jealousy is really working overtime, isn’t it? It’s not my fault that my counter passed you by after only six months. Well, it is, but you can’t fairly blame me for it. ;)

  9. I’ve read Anna’s book too. And I know a fair bit about Russia and ex communist states. And I believe a lot of it. Russia is a terminally corrupt state with a massive security apparatus and lots of oil cash swilling about. Even though my wife is half Russian, I like Russians, and I’ve enjoyed visiting there I just do not trust the russian state.

    It will be interesting to see how the next cold war plays out over places like Georgia. Could the ex communist states of the EU now become the biggest anti-russian voice in the union?

    Interesting stuff.

    PS Tim – if you have never read “The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia” by Peter Hopkirk, I’d thoroughly recommend it. Past history of political and secret conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Still so relevant today.

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