Suspect named in reporter's slaying

From Times Wire Reports

Russian investigators named the man they suspect of killing journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in Moscow in October 2006.

The Investigative Committee said Rustam Makhmudov was "the immediate executor of the murder," adding in a statement that he remained at large. Makhmudov, a 34-year-old resident of Chechnya, has been charged and an international arrest warrant has been issued, it said.

Many observers and colleagues believe Politkovskaya's slaying was linked to her work: She wrote dozens of articles detailing abuses by Russian troops during the Chechen conflicts.

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