Police Seek Killer of Journalist

Prosecutors said Friday that they were hunting for the man who killed journalist Anna Politkovskaya and that a court had granted their request to keep another suspect in the killing in custody until August.

Police are actively searching for the man who shot Politkovskaya dead at her apartment building in October 2006, prosecutor Vyacheslav Smirnov said Friday, Interfax reported.

Smirnov did not give the name of the suspected killer. Prosecutors first announced in October that they had identified the man who killed Politkovskaya, a fierce Kremlin critic who wrote for the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

The Moscow Garrison Court on Friday agreed to a request from prosecutors to keep Federal Security Service Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Ryaguzov in pretrial detention until Aug. 21, court spokesman Alexander Minchanovsky said.

"All of the arguments delivered by the Prosecutor General's Office were considered and were recognized as well-founded," Minchanovsky said by telephone.

Ryaguzov, who was arrested in August, is suspected of providing Politkovskaya's address to her killers. It was unclear whether investigators had established the identity of the person who ordered the journalist's murder.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, which is handling the case, declined to comment Friday. Ryaguzov's lawyers had asked that he be released from custody. Messages left for Valery Chernikov, a lawyer for Ryaguzov, went unanswered Friday.

Sergei Sokolov, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, said investigators "are working professionally and doing everything possible" to solve the crime.

In addition to Ryaguzov, eight other suspects have been detained in connection with Politkovskaya's slaying.

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said last year that Kremlin opponents had masterminded Politkovskaya's murder from abroad in order to discredit Russia.

The Moscow Garrison Court extended the investigation period for the murder until Sept. 7, Smirnov said.