The Russian Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for the three men acquitted of murdering Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who exposed human rights abuses in Chechnya. Politkovskaya, a leading critic of then-President Vladimir Putin, was one of many Russian journalists mysteriously silenced after speaking out against the government.

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A Russian Supreme Court judge overturned the acquittals of three men who had been charged with taking part in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The reporter and human rights advocate had been a leading critic of the Russian government and its policy in Chechnya.

The Russian Supreme Court ordered a new trial for all three men who had been accused of involvement in the murder of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Politkovskya, who was shot and killed at her Moscow apartment building in 2006, had been a persistent critic of the country’s most powerful leaders including current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and reported widely on human rights abuses in Chechnya.

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