Russia arrests suspected Politkovskaya assassin: lawyer

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Russia has arrested the fugitive suspected assassin of journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was shot dead in 2006, his family's lawyer said on Tuesday.

Rustam Makhmudov was arrested Monday night in Chechnya at the home of his parents, lawyer Saidakhmet Arsamerzayev told AFP.

"We are expecting that he will be taken to Moscow," he said, adding that that the defence would seek to disprove key video evidence said to show the face of Makhmudov.

Rustam Makhmudov's brothers, Dzhabrail and Ibragim, and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov have been investigated for several years over suspected involvement in the killing.

All three were acquitted on a lack of evidence in a jury trial in 2009, but the verdict was annulled by the supreme court and a new investigation reopened with the same suspects.

Rustam Makhmudov is suspected of being the killer and had been on the run until now. The mastermind of the killing has never been found in an investigation that has been widely criticised abroad.

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