Politkovskaya, known for her critical reporting on Chechnya for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta and her award-winning books, was shot dead in the elevator of her apartment building on October 7, 2006.
As we reported in 2013, while the first murder trial ended in an acquittal, ultimately five men, including 4 Chechens from the same family were sentenced to prison for the murder. But the real mastermind who ordered or paid for the contract killing is still not known.
In it, she spoke critically of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on the occasion of his birthday, October 5, 2006, where he turned 30 and could then be legally appointed president of the Chechen Republic, a move that was widely anticipated after the assassination of his father, Akhmet Kadyrov in May 2004.
The following is a translation of the article time-stamped October 7, 2006 at 20:49; the editors were unaware when they posted the interview that just a few hours earlier at about 17:00 in Moscow, her body had been discovered by a neighbor.
The number of facilities built, Politkovskaya maintains, is extremely low.
“And what can you say about the quality,” she exclaimed angrily. “Those who saw them know just what ‘quality’ is there. I personally will not fly to that Grozny Airport. No thanks. I would be better off flying to another airport.”
“Nothing is hardly likely to happen, of course, with ordinary builders. It will happen with the managers of the construction. They will simply be abducted, coerced, and tortured. Such facts are already known,” Politkovskaya commented.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick