5 jailed for killing Russia journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Defendants in the murder trial of Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya,...

Defendants in the murder trial of Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, (L-R) Ibragim Makhmoudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, Dzhabrail Makhmoudov, Rustam Makhmoudov and Sergei Khadzhikurbanov sit inside a glass-walled cage, while a policeman stands guard in the foreground, during a court hearing in Moscow, June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Gabriela Baczynska, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

MOSCOW - Five men received long jail terms on Monday for the killing of prominent Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya after a trial that did not reveal who had masterminded the Russian journalist's murder.

Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter who uncovered state corruption and rights abuses, especially in Chechnya, was gunned down in the lobby of her Moscow apartment block at the age of 48 on Oct. 7, 2006, President Vladimir Putin's 54th birthday.

The Russian authorities denied any role in the killing, which caused international outrage.


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