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Anna Politkovskaya
Politkovskaya during a March 2005 interview in Leipzig, Germany
Politkovskaya during a March 2005 interview in Leipzig, Germany
Native name
Анна Политковская
Born Anna Stepanovna Mazepa (Ukrainian: Га́нна Степа́нівна Мазе́па)
(1958-08-30)30 August 1958
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died 7 October 2006(2006-10-07) (aged 48)
Moscow, Russia
Resting place Troyekurovskoye Cemetery, Moscow
Occupation Journalist, writer
Nationality Russian
Citizenship Russia, United States
Alma mater Moscow State University
Period 1982–2006
Subject Politics, freedom of the press, human rights, social issues
Notable works Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy, A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya
Notable awards Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism
Spouse Alexander Politkovsky
  • Vera
  • Ilya

Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: Анна Степановна Политковская; 30 August 1958 — 7 October 2006) was a Russian journalist. Anna Politkovskaya wrote for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. She was born in the New York City, United States. Her parents were diplomats. Her birth name was Anna Stepanovna Mazepa (Russian:Анна Степановна Мазепа).


She was best known for her thoughts about the war in Chechnya, a Russian state. She was also against the current leader of Russia, president Vladimir Putin. Many of her texts asked for human rights.


On 7 October 2006, she was shot and died at her house in Moscow.

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