[Russia] Politkovskaya conviction welcome, but masterminds behind her murder continue to elude justice

English PEN joins PEN International in welcoming the conviction of the former police chief who helped orchestrate the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, but remains concerned that the masterminds behind her killing continue to enjoy impunity. A Moscow court sentenced Lt. Col. Pavlyuchenkov to 11 years in prison on 14 December 2012, after he entered a plea bargain that allowed him to admit his guilt without testifying in court. He named two exiled opposition figures as masterminds behind the killing in what Politkovskaya’s family have called “politically-motivated” testimony. The family’s lawyers are presently planning an appeal, calling for Pavlyuchenkov to be given a longer sentence.

For more details, please see the PEN International website.


Send letters of appeal:

  • Urging the Russian government to bring to justice everyone involved in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya.
  • Emphasising the importance of pursuing the masterminds behind the murder as an indication of Russia’s commitment to ensure that such acts cannot be carried out with impunity.

Appeals to:

President Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation
23, Ilyinka Street
Moscow, 103132

You can also send messages to President Putin via the Kremlin website.

You may find that the Russian Ambassador to the UK is more likely to respond to your appeals, so we would also recommend that you either write to him directly or send him a copy of your appeal.

His Excellency Dr Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko
Embassy of the Russian Federation
6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QP
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7727 8625

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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