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ORAC
1st Sep 2008, 08:53
Yet another name to add to the list of opposition reporters gunned down (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_Russia) in the new/old Russia.....

Guardian: Ingushetia website owner killed by police (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/01/russia1)

An opposition internet news site owner in Russia's troubled Ingushetia region was fatally shot yesterday after being detained by police. Magomed Yevloyev was one of the most high-profile journalists to be killed in Russia since the investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead near her Moscow apartment in 2006, provoking condemnation of Russia's record on media freedom.

Yevloyev, who owned the website Ingushetiya.ru, was a vocal critic of the region's Kremlin-backed administration, accused by opponents of crushing dissent and free speech.

A lawyer for the repeated official attempts to close it down, said police met Yevloyev at the steps of an aircraft after he flew into Ingushetia's airport and drove him away in a Volga car. "As they drove he was shot in the temple ... They threw him out of the car near the hospital," Kaloi Akhilgov told Reuters by telephone. "He was discovered there and they quickly put him on the operating table, which is where he died."

Akhilgov said Yevloyev, who was in his 30s, had flown from Moscow to Nazran on the same flight as the Kremlin-backed local leader, Murat Zyazikov, who has been struggling to contain a low-level insurgency by Islamist militants. A spokesman for Zyazikov could not be reached for comment.

Interfax news agency cited an unnamed law enforcement source as saying that Yevloyev was shot by accident, and said prosecutors had opened a criminal case for causing the death by carelessness.

In Moscow, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the investigations unit of the prosecutor general's office, said only: "A preliminary investigation is being carried out into the incident."

ORAC
16th Oct 2008, 08:13
And yet another attempt. Have to wait and see how badly she is affected.

Grauniad: Russian lawyer at centre of poisoning investigation (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/16/russia-anna-politkovskaya)

• Substance found in car believed to be mercury
• Putin critic forced to miss start of Politkovskaya case

Russia's leading human rights lawyer is at the centre of an investigation by French police after claiming she had been poisoned by a suspicious substance found hidden in her car. Detectives in the town of Strasbourg were examining whether Karinna Moskalenko - the country's most prominent defender of Kremlin opponents - had been deliberately poisoned.

Moskalenko said on Monday her husband discovered "large" quantities of a mercury-like substance hidden under her car seat. Moskalenko had been due yesterday to attend the Moscow trial of three men accused of involvement in the murder of the crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.......

Moskalenko said her husband, a chemist, stumbled across the deadly substance while cleaning the family car. She and her family had been suffering from severe headaches, giddiness and nausea. The illness prevented her from flying back to Russia for yesterday's trial, she said. "When we got to the car we realised something was not normal. The only solution was to call the French police. The car was always locked; nobody should be able to open it," she told France 24. "The exact nature of the act is not clear. Was the intention to provoke or to harm us, to poison me? Those who did this clearly intended to keep me unaware of the presence of the substance."

Yesterday Moskalenko's assistant, Valentin Moiseev, told the Guardian that the lawyer was awaiting the results of toxicology tests from a Strasbourg clinic. She was still feeling groggy, he said, adding: "She's feeling pretty sick."

Mercury is an element that occurs naturally. But exposure to high levels can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and nervous system.

Police in Strasbourg said a preliminary investigation had been launched into Moskalenko's claims but said they were reluctant to comment on the seriousness of the case before the results of further forensic testing were known. An assistant prosecutor, Claude Palpacuer, said an initial test indicated the substance found in the car was mercury but that the material had been sent to another laboratory for more sophisticated examination. The results of these were expected within days.

"No offence has yet been proven. At this stage we are staying very cautious about whether this is a criminal matter or whether it has come from her concerns, which are understandable, about the circumstances of her activities," he told the newspaper Libération.......