Politkovskaya Daughter Saw Strangers

Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya saw suspicious strangers near her home in the weeks before she was killed, her daughter testified Thursday at the trial of three men accused of helping set up her shooting.

She and her brother also said their mother had been threatened repeatedly.

Politkovskaya was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building after returning from a supermarket on Oct. 7, 2006.

Politkovskaya's grown children — Vera Politkovskaya and Ilya Politkovsky — testified Thursday for the first time in the trial. They have said the case is compromised by the fact that the purported triggerman is not on trial and the suspected mastermind is not known.

Vera Politkovskaya told the Moscow Military District Court that she had moved in with her mother a week before she was killed and had seen suspicious-looking people hanging around the building.

Prosecutors told the jury that the defendants — former Moscow police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and brothers Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov — had cased the building to prepare for the crime.

Prosecutors say Khadzhikurbanov organized the killing, while one of the brothers followed Politkovskaya on the day and the other served as a lookout near the building.

Prosecutors say the suspected killer — another Makhmudov brother, Rustam — has fled the country.