IC to question Zakaev in London as part of Politkovskaya murder case
The ICR agreed to attach the results of questioning to the investigation.
The Russian Investigative Committee agreed to attach the results of the interrogation of Akhmed Zakaev, who is currently in London, to the murder case of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. In this case, Zakaev will be questioned by British law enforcers, the lawyer of the victims, Anna Stavitskaya, said.
“We have independently conducted an interrogation of Zakaev, during which he convincingly spoke of his non-involvement in the murder of Politkovskaya. We provided this investigation to the investigation, which agreed to atttach it to the case file and granted our request for an official interrogation of Zakaev from London as part of the provision of legal assistance by British law enforcement agencies,” Stavitskaya said.
According to her, the date for questioning has not been set yet. To make it happen, Russian investigators have to file a corresponding request to London.
Anna Politkovskaya was killed at the entrance of her house on Lesnaya Street in Moscow on October 7, 2006. The court found that it was a native of Chechnya, Lom-Ali Gaitukaev, who received a contract for the murder of Politkovskaya. He then recruited Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, head of the fourth department of the operational search department of the Moscow police, the Makhmudov brothers, and Sergey Khadzhikurbanov, a former employee of the Regional Organized Crime Unit, who was released in September 2006, to the contract murder.
The direct perpetrator of the crime was Rustam Makhmudov and his accomplices, who followed Politkovskaya for several days before the crime.
Pavlyuchenkov mentioned Boris Berezovsky and Akhmed Zakaev among those who ordered the hit. According to the case file, he learned about it from one of its organizers.