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    The Moscow Military District Court opened on Wednesday a new trial of defendants in the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

    MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow Military District Court opened on Wednesday a new trial of defendants in the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

    The court acquitted in February Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, brothers from Chechnya, and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov of involvement in the journalist's murder.

    However, Russia's Supreme Court overturned last month the not-guilty verdicts and ordered a retrial.

    Novaya Gazeta reporter Politkovskaya, who gained international recognition for her reports of atrocities against civilians in the troubled Caucasus republic of Chechnya, was gunned down in an elevator in her Moscow apartment building in October 2006, in what police described as a contract killing.

     

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