Suspicious FSB inquiries preceded Politkovskaya assassination

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) filed several inquiries about journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s place of residence in the days before she was gunned down in the elevator of her apartment block, a Moscow district court heard yesterday. The allegation, made several days ago by former FSB officer Lt. Col. Pavel Ryaguzov, appeared to corroborate information discovered in an archived written request by the FSB to Russia’s Federal Migration Service, inquiring as to Mrs. Politkovskaya’s residence address in Moscow. The FSB request, dated September 18, 2006, 19 days prior to the journalist’s assassination, sought to clarify an apparent discrepancy between Mrs. Politkovskaya’s registered address and actual residence in the Russian capital. However, testifying at the trial for Mrs. Politkovskaya’s murder yesterday, Mr. Ryaguzov appeared to retract his earlier statements about FSB’s inquiries. The former security service officer claimed he gave his earlier corroboration of FSB’s inquiries “under pressure” and rejected accusations that he was himself involved in passing Anna Politkovskaya’s address details on to her murderers. Pavel Ryaguzov has also been charged in a separate case of conspiring with former Moscow Police officer Sergey Khadzhikurbanov to kidnap and torture a Russian businessman in 2002. Although the court case continues, it seems to become murkier by the day. IntelNews has reported before on an interesting primer written by David Satter, of Forbes magazine, on the increasing number of contract killings that appear to involve former and current FSB officers. The magazine suspects that the same people who killed Anna Politkovskaya are behind the murder of its Russian edition reporter, Paul Klebnikov, who was shot to death in 2004.

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2 Responses to Suspicious FSB inquiries preceded Politkovskaya assassination

  1. Ryan says:

    On the front page this article is titled the same as the “Panetta sends CIA a message.”

  2. intelNews says:

    Thanks for the correction. It’s been fixed. [IA]

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