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Mr. Haqqani is now director at Boston University’s Center for International Relations.


The State Department this week accused Russia of creating an “atmosphere of intimidation” for journalists seeking to uncover corruption under President Vladimir Putin.

Deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf leveled her criticism at the Kremlin on the anniversary of the assassination of muckraking journalist Anna Politkovskaya, killed Oct. 7, 2006, in Moscow.

Russia convicted a former police officer and five other defendants are on trial for her murder. But authorities still have not found the mastermind who “ordered this terrible crime,” she said.

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