Russia arrests high-ranking police officer in Anna Politkovskaya murder case

Russian investigators say a high-ranking retired police officer who allegedly organized the 2006 murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been arrested — potentially the breakthrough her family and friends have been waiting for after many false starts and two botched trials.

Vladimir Markin, spokesman of the official investigative committee, identified former top Moscow police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov as a key suspect in the case after he was arrested yesterday.

According to the investigation, Pavlyuchenkov received the order to organise the killing of Anna Politkovskaya in exchange for a monetary reward and gave his agreement, he said in a statement today — via

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