Anna Politkovskaya

Russian journalist and human rights activist well-known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian president Putin.Politkovskaya made her name reporting from lawless Chechnya, where many journalists and humanitarian workers have been kidnapped or killed. She was arrested and subjected to mock execution by Russian military forces there, and she was poisoned on the way to Beslan, but survived and continued her reporting. She authored several books about Chechen wars as well as Putin's Russia and received numerous prestigious international awards for her work.She was shot dead in the elevator of her apartment building on.


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