Anna Politkovskaya, a courageous journalist who wrote for the Moscow-based opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, interviewed Ramzan in the home village of Tsentoroy, a place she described as “one of the unsightliest of Chechen villages, unfriendly, ugly and swarming with murderous-looking armed men.” Kadyrov calling Politkovskaya “an enemy of the Chechen people” and declaring that she “should have to answer for this.” She was murdered in the stairwell of her apartment building in Moscow 2006
Anna Politkovskaya. She was a Russian journalist, writer and activist. She was also known for her open criticism of Vladimir Putin and the Chechen conflict. Starting in 2004, Anna received numerous death threats including fallen ill by poison in her tea and a mock execution by the military in Chechnya. In 2006, she was found dead in an elevator in her Moscow apartment, having been shot 4 times by an unknown assailant. No one was caught and her death remains unsolved.
Krystyna Skarbek (1915 – 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Because of her influence the SOE began to recruit increasing numbers of women agents into the organization.
Violette met Etienne Szabo, a French officer of Hungarian descent, at the Bastille Day parade in London in 1940. They married on 21 August 1940 after a whirlwind 42-day romance. Violette was 19, Etienne was 31. Shortly after the birth of their only child, Tania, Etienne died from chest wounds at the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. He had never seen his daughter. It was Etienne’s death that made Violette decide to offer her services to the British Special Operations Executive
Famous Spies Virginia Hall Known by her moniker “Artemis” in Germany, Virginia Hall was a US spy who worked with the Special Operations Executive during World War II in the 1940s and later for a division of the CIA. Her efforts included helping the French Underground in Vichy and the French resistance as a correspondent, and the Gestapo referred to her as “the most dangerous of all Allied spies”. Oh, and she only had one leg – the other was amputated from the knee down.