Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian investigative journalist known for her critical coverage of the war in Chechnya, was found murdered on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.
Politkovskaya's body was found in an elevator in an apartment building in the Lesnaya Street.
She died of gunshot injuries, according to preliminary reports. A pistol and four bullets were found in the elevator, police officials said.
Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper where Politkovskaya worked, said the slaying took place at about 4.30 p.m. (1230 GMT) in her apartment building.
Politkovskaya had written a book critical of the Russian campaign in Chechnya.