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Politkovskaya murder trial postponed until Feb. 3

MOSCOW, February 2 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow military court put off on Monday the trial of suspects in the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya until Tuesday.

A RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom that the adjournment is due to a jurywoman failing to appear in court because her child had a routine medical checkup.

Politkovskaya, who gained international recognition for her reports of military atrocities against civilians in the troubled Caucasus republic of Chechnya, was gunned down in an elevator in her Moscow apartment building in October 2006, in what police described as a contract killing.

Three men, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, brothers from Chechnya, and former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov have been charged with involvement in the murder.

The man suspected of pulling the trigger, Rustam Makhmudov - the eldest of the three Makhmudov brothers - remains at large. A separate case has been opened against him.