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Organizer of Russian Journalist Politkovskaya's Murder Dies in Jail

© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankLom-Ali Gaitukayev, a defendant in Novaya Gazeta columnist Anna Politkovskaya murder case, during a hearing in the Moscow City Court. File photo
Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a defendant in Novaya Gazeta columnist Anna Politkovskaya murder case, during a hearing in the Moscow City Court. File photo - Sputnik International
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The man who had solicited the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya has died in jail.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who had been given a life sentence for soliciting the killing of prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, died in a penal colony, a source told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Gaitukayev died in a colony," the source said Monday, adding that the convict suffered from several illnesses.

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On October 7, 2006, Politkovskaya, who worked for the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper, was killed in her own house. Dissatisfaction with her journalism is considered to be a motive for the crime, however the people who had ordered the murder have not been identified yet.

In June 2014, a Moscow court gave life sentences to Gaitukayev and Rustam Makhmudov, finding them guilty of organizing the murder of the journalist. Their accomplices had also been convicted and imprisoned.

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