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Ibragim Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Rustam Makhmudov and Sergey Hadjikurbanov in a glass cage at Moscow City Court (AP)

Ibragim Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Rustam Makhmudov and Sergey Hadjikurbanov in a glass cage at Moscow City Court (AP)

Ibragim Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Rustam Makhmudov and Sergey Hadjikurbanov in a glass cage at Moscow City Court (AP)

A Russian court has sentenced two men to life in prison and three others to terms ranging from 12 to 20 years for the 2006 killing of renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

All five were convicted last month.

Ms Politkovskaya, 48, was noted for her reporting that criticised Kremlin policies in Chechnya and human rights violations there.

She was shot to death in the lift of her Moscow apartment building.

Gunman Rustam Makhmudov and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev - who was convicted of organising the shooting - were sentenced to life today.

Two of Makhmudov's brothers were sentenced to 12 and 14 years and a former Moscow policeman Sergei Khadzhikurbanov was given 20 years as accomplices.

Russia's Investigative Committee says it is still trying to determine who ordered the killing.

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