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1958 – 2006

A prolific journalist and human rights activist who was also a well known and out spoken critic of the Chechen conflict and Putin. She wrote and number of provocative and polemic articles, ‘Disappearing People’ was among them. The year she died, she had been writing ‘Putin’s Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy’.

She received many threats and in 2001 was detained and tortured by Russian troops in Chechnya, where she had been investigating the torture and kidnapping of locals by the Russian forces. In 2004 she survived being poisoned.

In 2006 she was shot dead in her building. At the trial there was insufficient evidence to press charges.