Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov denied any role in the slaying of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya. The modus operandi of the murder hints that it was apparently aÂ contract killing. The journalist had tirelessly exposed human rights abuses in Russia’s conflict-scarred province of Chechnya, including alleged torture, abductions and murder she blamed on Kadyrov’s forces.Â The brutal murder of the reknowned journalist, who was a fierce critic of Putin’s Chechnya policy has raised several questions worldwide about the state of freedom of press in Russia.
The Chechen strongman said in a statement “I don’t kill women and never have. Women should be loved, for us Chechens a woman is sacred,” he said in comments televised on NTV television.