Politkovskaya Suspect Freed

Investigators have released a suspect in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya because he was not directly involved in the shooting.

"Tamerlan Makhmudov had been released," his lawyer, Laura Shambayeva, told reporters Monday.

Makhmudov gave prosecutors a written undertaking not to leave the city and was set free last week.

He is the third suspect to be released in recent weeks out of at least 10 people who have been linked to the murder, which sparked a wave of international condemnation.

Politkovskaya, a fierce Kremlin critic, was shot dead on Oct. 7, 2006, outside her Moscow apartment. Prosecutor General Yury Chaika last August said the murder was ordered from abroad by enemies of Russia.