This was a chilling signal of the rise of an authoritarian nationalism that brooks no challenge. It was a message for those liberal journalists and human rights activists who dared to dare and testify of russian human rights violation inthe Europe and the US.

Anna Politkovskaya reached a stage in her career where she was respected by many.She had established her reputation as a fiercely independent chronicler of the brutal conflict in the North Caucasus.

Her stature was evident during the 2002 hostage debacle when Chechen terrorists seized a Moscow theater and hundreds of people inside. Politkovskaya had been one of the very few people allowed by the Chechen group to enter the theater to negotiate on behalf of the hostages.

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