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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arrest in Politkovskaya Case Overruled

The Moscow Military District Court overturned a decision by a lower court Monday to sanction the arrest of a senior Federal Security Service officer in connection with the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya last year.

But the suspect, FSB Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Ryaguzov, will remain in custody pending an appeal by prosecutors, the court said. The Moscow Garrison Court sanctioned Ryaguzov's arrest on Aug. 24. Ryaguzov served in the FSB's Moscow branch and focused on ethnic crime groups, news reports said.

Prosecutors have linked Ryaguzov to a criminal group that specialized in carrying out contract hits. He and nine other suspected members of the Moscow-based group were arrested last month. The Prosecutor General's Office said the group was led by an ethnic Chechen.

Two suspects were released last week due to a lack of evidence.