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Rumor has it that body was discovered at around 17.00 and birthday reception was at 18.00 with Putin not showing up, so if you think that it was Putin, he personally does not seem to have alibi.

As for cuo bono, theories seem to be, in order of significance:

 o Kadyrov (last Politkovskaya's investigation was into where Chechnya reconstruction money are going);
 o enemies of Kadyrov (as he is the one most likely to benefit);
 o Nevzlyn or Berezovsky (provocation and misguided attempt to create Gongadze-II);
 o "concerned" citizen (Politkovskaya was not an exactly popular journalist);

Putin does not come up, primarily because he personally is not threatened at all by Politkovskaya.

by blackhawk on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:11:15 AM EST
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I don't think it was Putin, but the tone of the western press coverage seems to me to be putting the blame on him at least indirectly.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:13:07 AM EST
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Let's face it: western press not so much has a problem with Putin, as with Russia.
by blackhawk on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:18:41 AM EST
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