Duo get life for Anna Politkovskaya murder

File picture taken 17 March 2005 of Russian human rights advocate, journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya Anna Politkovskaya was best known for her reports in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper

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Two men have been given life sentences by a Moscow court for the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

They were among five men convicted of the crime last month.

Ms Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter and vocal critic of Russia's war in Chechnya, was shot in a lift in her block of flats.

Three of the men had earlier been acquitted but Russia's supreme court ordered a retrial. Investigators have not determined who ordered the killing.

Rustam Makhmudov was given a life sentence for pulling the trigger.

His uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, one of those found guilty of organising the murder, was also jailed for life.

The three others convicted of the killing - two of whom are Makhmudov's brothers - were given between 12 and 20 years in prison.

The prosecution had pushed for tougher sentences.

Ms Politkovskaya's reporting for Novaya Gazeta newspaper won international renown for her dogged investigation of Russian abuses in Chechnya.

But her pieces, which were highly critical of President Vladimir Putin, then serving his second term, and the Chechen leadership, angered many in authority.

Last year a former police officer, Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for supplying the murder weapon.

Ms Politkovskaya's family say they will continue to campaign until the person who ordered the killing is uncovered.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, said that "unfortunately much depends on our foreign colleagues, especially from Great Britain and Turkey. We have sent a number of inquiries, but have never received any response."

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