Politkovskaya murderers sentenced to life in prison

Two men have been given life sentences by a Moscow court for the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the BBC reports.

They were among five men convicted of the crime last month.

Ms Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter and vocal critic of Russia’s war in Chechnya, was shot in a lift in her block of flats.

Three of the men had earlier been acquitted but Russia’s Supreme Court ordered a retrial. Investigators have not determined who ordered the killing.

Rustam Makhmudov was found guilty of pulling the trigger and is one of the men who received a life sentence.

His uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, one of those found guilty of organising the murder, was also jailed for life.

The three other convicted of the killing – two of whom are Makhmudov’s brothers – were given between 12 and 20 years in prison.

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