Born in New York City in 1958, Anna Politkovskaya was a well-known Russian journalist and human rights activist. She worked for the Izvestia, a daily broadsheet newspaper, from 1982 to 1993 as a reporter, as well as the editor of their emergencies and accidents section. She then moved to the Obshchaya Gazeta, writing mostly about social issues. In June 1999, she regularly wrote columns for the Novaya Gazeta until 2006.
Anna was most recognized for writing her opinions on President Putin's regime, including her award-winning book Putin's Russian, in addition to her critical views of life in Russia. She would openly discuss how Russian military forces and Russian-backed administration would act, and would write about events that would happen.
There were numerous times were Anna faced death threats. During one interview in Chechnya, she was captured by Russian forces, beaten, chastened, and interrogated. On her way to aid a negotiation in Beslan, she was poisoned on her plane and had to be immediately evacuated. There were other horrible cases where her life was threatened and conflict arouse until October 2006 when she was found dead in Moscow. She was shot four times and in 2014, five men were sentenced to prison for her death.
Anna won various awards for her work, including the World Press Freedom Hero award in 2006. The Reach All Women in War organization announced in 2007 that they would be presenting the Anna Politkovskaya award annually, recognizing women who defended human rights and stands up for victims in a conflict area.
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