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    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Anna Politkovskaya's final book

    The Guardian has been publishing excerpts of Anna Politkovskaya's final book, A Russian Diary. They read like the rest of her work: an angry call to action from a woman who loved her country and desperately wanted it to be better.

    Somebody killed her for that. The first piece, an examination of the state of Russia at the time of the 2003 Duma elections (won handily by United Russia, which Alexander Yakovlev used to call the "Communist Party, Part 2"), is here.

    The second, a recounting of the Beslan school siege that left at least 344 people dead, is

    Part three, which is in today's Guardian, is an interview with Chechnya's scary boy-president Ramzan Kadyrov, one of the leading suspects in her murder. Read it here.

    There were a lot of people who wanted her voice silenced. And a system that doesn't protect those who speak out against power.

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