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Hundreds Pay Tribute to Politkovskaya

Hundreds of people called on the authorities to find and punish the killers of journalists and human rights activists in Russia, rallying Wednesday to commemorate the third anniversary of the killing of Anna Politkovskaya.

“The authorities are incapable of solving such crimes,” former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said. “Even the most honest investigator cannot solve the crime because the government won’t let him.”

Prosecutors have said little about who might have ordered the contract-style killing on Oct. 7, 2006, while the suspected gunman is believed to be hiding in Europe. Three men accused of playing minor roles in the killing remain under investigation.

Since Politkovskaya’s death, at least seven journalists and human rights activists have been killed in Russia, including one who wrote for the same newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. “There is a political will not to solve the murders,” Dmitry Muratov, the newspaper’s editor, told the crowd that had gathered near the Chistiye Prudy metro station.

Some of Russia’s most prominent human rights activists and opposition leaders took part in the rally, which began with a minute of silence at 4:03 p.m., the time Politkovskaya was shot in her apartment building three years ago.

“If we were to observe a minute of silence in memory of every journalist who has been killed in Russia since 1993, we would have to stand here in silence for about five hours,” Glasnost Defense Foundation president Alexei Simonov said.

Neither President Dmitry Medvedev nor Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was president when Politkovskaya was killed and celebrated his 57th birthday on Oct. 7, made mention of her death Wednesday.

Memorial events were also planned in London and Paris.

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