Gerard Depardieu, the French actor just awarded Russian citizenship, praised his “special relationship” with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov as he started filming a movie in the mainly Muslim Russian region.
Russia continues its probe into the murder of Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, the Investigative Committee said, expressing “astonishment” at comments by the Interior Ministry that the case is almost solved.
“Are you totally out of your mind?” Russian newspaper tycoon Alexander Lebedev exclaimed as he jumped to his feet. He stared combatively at property developer Sergei Polonsky, who had taunted Lebedev for ridiculing his claim to be a major charity donor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Mikhail Beketov, a journalist who survived a near-fatal attack in 2008 and died this week, for his bravery and service to society, according to a Kremlin statement.
If only belatedly, Lady Justice in Russia has deployed her sword and balanced scales. Authorities in Moscow have detained a lieutenant colonel in the police and are preparing to charge him with organizing the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.