The court turned down an appeal from the defendant’s lawyers andthe injured party, which means that the December 14, 2012 verdict by the Moscow Citycourt has officially come into force.Under the ruling, Pavlyuchenkov – who was convicted of trackingPolitkovskaya’s movements and providing the murderer with a gun –was also obliged to pay almost US $100,000 in damages to the familyof the prominent journalist.Lawyers for both sides are going to appeal the verdict. ThePolitkovskaya’s family advocates insist the sentence is too mild,while Pavlyuchenkov’s lawyers state the punishment is toosevere.Anna Politkovskaya – an investigative journalist who worked foropposition-minded Novaya Gazeta paper – was shot dead in herapartment building on October 7, 2006. She wrote about human rightsabuses in the Republic of Chechnya. Investigators believe thejournalist’s assassination was linked to herwork. After examining the evidence, the court concluded thatPavlyuchenkov acted as an accomplice with the suspected organizerof the crime, Chechen criminal Lom-Ali Gaitukaev. The latter wassentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for a different crime.The other suspects in the case – ex police officer SergeyKhadzhikurbanov, Ibragim Makhmudov, Dzhabrail Makhmudov and RustamMakhmudov – are currently in custody and will be triedseparately.