Tre menn som sto tiltalt for å ha bidratt til drapet på Anna Politkovskaja 7. oktober 2006, ble torsdag frikjent av en domstol i Moskva. Nok en gang har rettferdigheten lidd nederlag i Russland.

The jury said it found that brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov were not guilty of acting as accomplices in the murder and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov was not guilty of organizing the crime.

The three were charged with murder and could have been imprisoned for life if convicted.

Police say they suspect a third Makhmudov brother, Rustam, of firing the shots that killed Politkovskaya, but they have been unable to track him down.

The person who ordered the killing has been neither named nor detained.

Politkovskaya was fearless in her reporting on Chechnya, the Russian special services, and high level corruption for the newspaper «Novaya gazeta.»

Russia is ranked as the world’s third most dangerous place for reporters by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which lists 49 journalists killed in Russia since 1992. Only Iraq and Algeria had more.