Russia confirms arrest of suspected Politkovskaya assassin

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Russian forces arrested in Chechnya Rustam Makhmudov, the suspected assassin of journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was shot dead in 2006, a spokesman for the Chechen police told AFP Tuesday.

"The arrest was carried out by forces of the Chechen interior ministry," a spokesman for the department of criminal investigations at the Chechnya interior ministry said, declining to give further details.

A family lawyer earlier said Makhmudov was arrested Monday night in Chechnya at the home of his parents.

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