The Writer’s Conscience: Remembering Anna Politkovskaya & Russia’s Forgotten War
PEN American Center, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Center, CUNY, present an evening of readings from Anna Politkovskaya’s work and a conversation about the costs of an ongoing but forgotten war.
On October 7, 2006, renowned Russian journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in a contract killing in the elevator of her apartment building. On the day of her murder, she was completing an article on torture in Chechnya, the latest in her seven-year effort to chronicle and expose the human rights abuses and horrors of Russia’s “War on Terrorism” in that region. Her killing—the 13th contract-style assassination of a journalist in Russia since Vladimir Putin became President in 2000—shocked the world and deepened doubts about the direction of democracy in Russia.