Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006) was a journalist whose searing critiques of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government's policies in Chechnya earned her several prestigious awards. She also served as a mediator during the 2002 hostage situation during the showing of Nord-Ost in a Moscow theater. She found more fame in death, having been shot under suspicious circumstances on October 7, 2006 at her apartment in Moscow.
- "The Presidency of the European Union has learned with deep regret about the killing in Moscow of Anna Politkovskaya, well-known journalist and defender of freedom of expression in Russia. The Presidency calls for a thorough investigation of this heinous crime and the bringing of its perpetrators to justice."