Thousands Mourn Death of Russian Journalist

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Thousands of people turned out in Moscow today for the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russia's war in Chechnya. The Russian journalist was shot to death in her Moscow apartment in what's being called a contract killing.  President Vladimir Putin denounced her murder as "disgustingly cruel," but said her influence was "very minor."  Who was she and why was her work important?

Credits

Guest:
Abi Wright - Communications Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Dan Konecky, Frances Anderton