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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Politkovskaya's Last Story Published

Novaya Gazeta on Thursday published an unfinished article on torture in Chechnya that Anna Politkovskaya was working on when she was killed.

The article, accompanied by graphic images taken from a video, describes the alleged torture by Kremlin-backed Chechen security services of suspects whom the authorities branded terrorists.

The video was apparently shot by the people committing the torture, and four pictures reproduced in the paper were accompanied by a Russian translation of the torturers' expletive-filled conversation in Chechen about how hard it was to kill the victims.

"Are we fighting legally against lawlessness?" Politkovskaya asked in the story in Novaya Gazeta. "Or are we thrashing them with our own lawlessness?"

The story included written testimony from a Chechen who had been extradited from Ukraine to a Chechen government office in Grozny, where he was allegedly hung by his hands and feet from a pole and beaten, subjected to electric shock and suffocated with a bag over his head to force him to confess to killings he insisted he did not commit.

He made the confession to journalists, whom he told -- on his interrogators' orders -- that his injuries were sustained during an escape attempt.

"When prosecutors and judges work not for the law and punishment of the guilty, but on political orders and in pursuit of anti-terrorist aims that are pleasing to the Kremlin, then criminal cases multiply like hot cakes," Politkovskaya wrote.