Former police officer held over Politkovskaya murder

A former senior Russian police officer was detained on Tuesday in connection with the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the editor of the paper she worked for said.

“Ex-lieutenant colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was detained,” during questioning by investigators, Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said.

He is suspected of organizing the shooting of Politkovskaya and supplying the killer with a weapon, Tuesday’s edition of the opposition Novaya Gazeta paper said.

Politkovskaya, a fierce Kremlin critic, was shot dead in her apartment block more than four years ago.

The main suspect in the case was detained in Chechnya in May, 2011.

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