For Ekho Moskvy's Yuliya Latynina, Ms Politkovskaya's death was of even greater significance because of her tireless campaigning.
was not just a journalist, but a human rights activist, who always stood on the side of the weak and downtrodden," Ms Latynina
told listeners of her
regular Saturday evening phone-in programme.
never wrote a word she
did not believe in."
Chechen linkMs Latynina
also voiced her belief the murder was linked to events in Chechnya, which had been the focus of Ms Politkovskaya's recent reporting.
...Yuliya LatyninaEkho Moskvy's chief editor Alexei Venediktov reminded viewers of the NTV channel that there had not been a successful prosecution for any of the four most high-profile journalist killings of the past 10 years, while Ms Latynina was even more categorical.
Ekho Moskvy programme on an equally gloomy note, observing bitterly that "this is a sign that from now on, anything can be done in Russia".