The Chechen silence
Thomas de Waal on the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, which he says “leaves a terrible silence in Russia and an information void about a dark realm that we need to know more about”. While the war in Chechenia has “ebbed”, political violence and corruption both there and elsewhere in the north Caucasus continues, as does the assassinations of people who try and stand up to the Russian government’s criminal allies.
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