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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Politkovskaya's Family Presents a New Book

Relatives and friends of Anna Politkovskaya gathered Wednesday to keep the slain reporter's fighting spirit alive with a new book.

"What For" is a collection of Politkovskaya's finished and unfinished articles for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, compiled by her son Ilya, daughter Vera, and sister Yelena Kudimova.

"First, it's a memorial book," Ilya Politkovsky, 28, a public relations manager, said in fluent English before a book launch at the Gorbachev Foundation.

"What surprises us and makes us proud is that you can buy this book anywhere," he added, flashing the same self-assured smile that Politkovskaya wears on the cover of the book.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped set up Novaya Gazeta in 1993 by buying computers with his Nobel Prize winnings, said the book would "help Russians understand some of the processes of the authorities."

"Anna has left us but remains with us," he said.

Politkovskaya was gunned down in her apartment building in October. No suspects have been arrested.

Many of the articles in the book are critical of the way authorities handled crises such as the 2004 Beslan hostage taking and the 2002 Dubrovka theater siege, during which Politkovskaya brought water and juice to hostages.

Some articles are printed unfinished. Some cover topics that few outside Russia would associate with Politkovskaya, such as royal weddings, journeys to the end of the world, the Argentine tango and her black Doberman, Martin.

Politkovskaya has written five books, including "Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya" in 2001 and "Putin's Russia" in 2004.

"What For" hit the shelves two weeks ago and, despite its relatively high price of 600 rubles, it is currently Moscow's No. 2 bestseller, behind a detective novel.

"The authorities didn't want us to complain, so they allowed us to print the book," Ilya Politkovsky said.

Politkovskaya would have been a grandmother by now, at the age of 48. Her daughter, Vera, gave birth to a girl she named Anna in March. She shied away from questions Wednesday.

Politkovskaya's other relatives spoke calmly and contentedly in the plush, air-conditioned Gorbachev Foundation building. Smiles were infectious, it seemed. Gorbachev and Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov swapped jokes.

The unannounced entrance of Gorbachev, articulate and energetic at 76, caused a hubbub of excitement among the media, something he was evidently keen to play to.

"Is there a place for me?" he quipped, above the dim of snapping cameras.