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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutors Charge 9 in Politkovskaya's Murder

Prosecutors have charged nine people, including a senior Federal Security Service officer, over their purported involvement in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, officials said Wednesday.

Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in October 2006 in her Moscow apartment building. Her killing aroused international indignation and led to pressure on Putin to ensure that the crime was solved.

Vyacheslav Smirnov, an official with the Prosecutor General's Office, told the Moscow City Court that nine people had been charged in case, Interfax reported.

A source close to the investigation said Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Ryaguzov of the Federal Security Service had been charged with abuse of office, news agencies reported.

Ryaguzov is suspected of passing on details of Politkovskaya's address to another suspect, who in turn gave them to the killer, investigators have been cited in the media as saying.

A team of lawyers hired by Politkovskaya's relatives lodged a complaint with Moscow's Basmanny District Court, saying investigators looking into the journalist's murder were barring their access to case materials, one of the lawyers said.

The court is due to hold hearings on the complaint Oct. 25, the lawyer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika announced in August the arrest of 10 suspects in the case, though none was charged at the time, and some were later released.

Chaika said the killing was masterminded from abroad by anti-Kremlin forces trying to discredit Russia, though he did not offer any evidence.