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A Moscow court has remanded in custody three suspects
A Moscow court has remanded in custody three suspects in the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a defense lawyer said on Thursday.

"The court has extended the custody term for Shamil Burayev, Magomed Demilkhanov and Tamerlan Makhmudov for another three months," the lawyer said adding that the initial custody term should have expired on January 7, 2008.

The journalist, who gained international recognition for her criticism of the Kremlin and reports of atrocities against civilians in the troubled Caucasus republic of Chechnya, was gunned down in the entryway of her Moscow apartment building in October 2006.

In September, the Prosecutor General's Office charged an ex-police official in Chechnya, Shamil Burayev, with being an accomplice to the murder. Prosecutors said he obtained Politkovskaya's address from Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Ryaguzov, also accused of involvement in the murder, and passed it on to the Makhmudov brothers, Demelkhanov and other suspects.

All the suspects have denied the charges against them.


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