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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reporters Get Death Threats

Two reporters at Novaya Gazeta received death threats last week, editors said Monday.

The threats came weeks after one of the newspaper's most prominent reporters, Anna Politkovskaya, was gunned down in her Moscow apartment building.

In a statement posted on its web site, the paper's editors said the threats were made Friday to two unidentified employees in connection with an article about problems in the North Caucasus and another article on Politkovskaya's murder. One of the reporters also received a threatening text message.

"We are communicating this, of course, but we would prefer not to comment on the rest of it, just because it's necessary to protect the security of our employees and because of the ongoing investigation," deputy editor Sergei Sokolov told Ekho Moskvy radio.

Police officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Novaya Gazeta has specialized in investigative reporting, especially in the area of government corruption, and has been highly critical of the Kremlin's policies in Chechnya and other restive southern regions. It has suffered adverse rulings in several libel suits in recent years.

Politkovskaya, who exposed killings, torture and other abuses against civilians in Chechnya, was gunned down in an apparent contract killing on Oct. 7. Her killers have not been found.

Former spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London last week, told police he believed he was poisoned while investigating the slaying of Politkovskaya.