06MOSCOW11313, RUSSIA: DEMARCHE ON MURDER OF POLITKOVSKAYA

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06MOSCOW11313 2006-10-09 10:38 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 011313 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/09/2016 
TAGS: PHUM PREL PGOV RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA: DEMARCHE ON MURDER OF POLITKOVSKAYA 
 
REF: STATE 169346 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns: 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C)  In an October 9 conversation with First Deputy 
Foreign Minister Denisov, the Ambassador delivered reftel 
demarche, underscoring deep U.S. concern over the murder of 
journalist Anna Politkovskaya, referring also to Department 
and White House public statements, and stressing the need for 
a thorough investigation.  The Ambassador questioned the lack 
of a public GOR reaction to date, beyond the Prosecutor 
General's statement that he was personally taking charge of 
the investigation. 
 
2.  (C)  Denisov said the murder of Politkovskaya was a 
"disastrous event" and a "terrible tragedy" for Russia.  He 
said the GOR appreciated U.S. concern, and agreed that the 
murder sent a disturbing message to the international 
community over the situation of rule of law in Russia. 
Denisov agreed to reinforce U.S. concerns with the 
Presidential Administration and said that he expected a 
statement to be issued later today, with the Kremlin taking 
the lead.  Denisov emphasized that the GOR would thoroughly 
investigate the murder, which was a direct challenge to 
Russia's media and rule of law.  Noting that General 
Prosecutor Chayka had taken personal charge of the 
investigation, Denisov emphasized the seriousness with which 
the GOR was approaching the case.  He said that it went 
without saying that no one in a position of authority had 
anything to do with the crime.  It was a sad fact, he 
commented, that many individuals could have benefited from 
Politkovskaya's death. 
 
3.  (C)  Ambassador also spoke October 9 with Ella Panfilova, 
Chairwoman of the Presidential Administration's Council for 
Civil Society and Human Rights.  Pamfilova agreed that a 
public GOR statement was "long overdue," but said she 
expected one to be issued October 9.  Based on conversations 
with officials in the Presidential Administration, Panfilova 
believed that the leadership understood the significance of 
the murder and was taking all necessary steps to mount an 
effective investigation. 
 
4.  (C)  Ambassador also spoke with Aleksandr Lebedev, Novaya 
Gazeta's largest minority shareholder, about the killing. 
Lebedev expressed appreciation for the U.S. statement and 
characterized the murder as an extremely serious challenge to 
Russia and its government. 
 
5.  (C)  Comment: The Ambassador will meet later today with 
Novaya Gazeta Chief Editor Dmitriy Muratov to pay condolences 
and reinforce U.S. support for the newspaper's efforts to 
ensure a vigorous investigation and to ascertain whether any 
further information has emerged from the initial 
investigation.  The Ambassador will attend Politkovskaya's 
funeral on October 10.  Septel reports on public reaction to 
the Politkovskaya murder. 
BURNS

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