Russian Court Orders New Focus On Journalist's Killing

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A Russian Supreme Court ruling on Thursday streamlined the probe of a well-known journalist's killing three years ago, an attorney told CNN.

The court instructed prosecutors to renew the inquiry into the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya by combining the various probes into her death into one murder case, said Karina Moskalenko, attorney for the Politkovskaya family.

The court reversed a lower court ruling that refused a request from Politkovskaya family members for one investigation into the case, ordering prosecutors to merge a case against three men accused of being accomplices in the murder with other inquiries into the October 2006 killing.

A fierce critic of the Kremlin, Politkovskaya was found shot dead in her apartment building while she was working on a series of reports about Chechnya for the independent, Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

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