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Plea hearings for three defendants charged in relation to the murder
Plea hearings for three defendants charged in relation to the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya will take place on February 16.

Novaya Gazeta reporter Politkovskaya, who gained international recognition for her reports of military atrocities against civilians in the troubled Caucasus republic of Chechnya, was gunned down in an elevator in her Moscow apartment building in October 2006, in what police described as a contract killing.

The trial began on November 17, 2008. The Moscow District Military Court completed questioning witnesses and studying the case materials on Friday.

"Plea hearings ... are fixed for February 16," judge Yevgeny Zubov said.

The three men, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, brothers from Chechnya, and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov have been charged with involvement in the murder, but the man suspected of pulling the trigger, Rustam Makhmudov - the eldest of the three Makhmudov brothers - remains at large. A separate case has been opened against him.


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