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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Suspects Detained in Journalist's Killing

Law enforcement agents have detained two suspects in the killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Saturday.

Novaya Gazeta, where Politkovskaya worked before her death, dismissed the report as "absolutely wrong."

Politkovskaya, whose reports exposed human rights abuses in Chechnya, was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building last October. The killing sparked an international outcry.

Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing unidentified sources, reported that two ethnic Chechens had been detained on suspicion of carrying out the slaying. The report said the arrests were based on satellite photos taken shortly after the crime. A spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office on Sunday declined to comment on the report.

Novaya Gazeta, however, strongly denied the report. "Everything that was said is absolutely wrong," deputy chief editor Sergei Sokolov said on Ekho Mosvky radio. He declined to provide further information on the investigation.

The Chechen connection to Politkovskaya's killing has long been discussed.

Politkovskaya wrote passionately and critically about abuses by federal and pro-Moscow regional forces fighting separatists in Chechnya. Novaya Gazeta initially said the murder might have been masterminded by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov or those who wanted to blacken his name. Kadyrov vehemently denied the accusations.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said last month that they had been told by Foreign Ministry officials that prosecutors were investigating whether Chechen police were involved in the killing.

Foreign Ministry officials later gave a different account, saying a separate investigation was under way, but that it was being conducted by prosecutors in Chechnya -- not the Prosecutor General's Office -- and that it concerned allegations of abuse that Politkovskaya had raised in an article published after her slaying.