Anna Politkovskaya: Ultimate Journalist

October 8, 2006 at 12:35 am 2 comments


Anna died for daring to tell the truth about “Poot-Poot” Russia.

Am only now learning of this courageous writer from Aleksey, my Russian-dissident bf and a journalist.

“It’s like shooting Tom Brokaw, if Tom Brokaw had balls. She was trying to show the real picture, not the bullshit. And for godsakes, she was a woman. To kill a woman like this you have to be an asshole and a piece of shit. But not a coward; the person got paid for it. A true professional.”

Aleksey tags the hit on goons of Ramzan Kadyrov. A man who drives a Ferrari, owns a soccer team and is majordomo of an aquatic park. He also holds down a side gig as Chechnya’s prime minister.

Before being shot in her apartment building’s elevator, Anna endured a starvation stint in a zindan* prison for deigning to question pro-Kremlin Chechen movers and shakers. Upon comparison to our journalistic chafes, now feel shame, sadness and resolve.

As Aleksey says, “Because of her investigations, many lives have been saved.”

Just not hers.

“When something like this happens,” says Aleksey, “I always think: Who’s next?”

“So? Who?”

“Garry Kasparov,” he replies. “He’s heading up the Coalition for Choice 2008 otherwise known as The Other Russia to make sure opposition to Putin is heard.”

We can only hope the chessmaster will out-wit the pitiless thugs.

And that the world’s journalists continue to confront them.

Otherwise, Anna’s died in vain.

Listen to her here.

*Zindan is the Chechen name for a hole in the ground where POWs are held.

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