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A Brave Journalist

I kept looking at her photographs – a small-boned woman with cropped, silver hair, smiling gently as she spoke. She had escaped death on the battlefield and poison in a cup of tea, but just days ago she was shot dead in the lobby of her apartment building.

Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered because she had the courage to write about on-going atrocities committed by the Russian military in Chechnya, and because she lives in a country that is dangerously close to being a gangster state. We salute her.

Freedom of the press is only possible if there are enough people willing to challenge and limit the power of the state and the individuals who run it. Many people and their unyielding courage made this possible in Britain. Anna and Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, and chairman of the United Civil Front in Russia, were bravely trying to raise those people in Russia.

Will the British Government speak out against Anna Politkovskaya's murder and the massacre of the people of Chechnya?