Russian Activist, Natalia Estemirova, Found Murdered

15 07 2009
From: Yahoo News, 2009

From: Yahoo News, 2009

A prominent Russian human rights activist was found dead today in Ingushetia, a Russian Federation which shares borders with Georgia and Chechnya. Estemirova was forcefully kidnapped when leaving her home in Chechnya.  She was thrown into a white car (VAZ-2107) while yelling that she was being kidnapped this morning (about 8:30 local time, Wednesday July 15th, 2009). She was found about 9 hours later in a woodland near the city of Nazran with bullet wounds to the head and chest.

Natalia, 50 years old, worked for the Human Rights ativism group, Memorial. She is not the first of her kind to be murdered. Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in 2006 and Stanislav Markelov was murdered in January 2009.

Amnesty International has this to say about her work:

Natalia Estemirova’s work was crucial in documenting human rights violations in the region, such as torture and other ill-treatment, unlawful killings and enforced disappearances, since the start of the second Chechnya war in 2000. She also devoted herself to providing assistance to displaced people and other socially disadvantaged groups. No one has claimed responsibility, but colleagues believe she was killed for her human rights activities.

Her work has been recognized both at home and internationally by numerous awards, including the Robert Schuman medal of the European Parliament (2005), the Right Livelihood Award of the Swedish Parliament (2004 – the so-called Alternative Nobel Peace Prize), and she was the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award (2007).

Most recently Natalia was investingating a number of house-burnings thought to have been the actions of government-backed militias. Corruption and human rights issues in and around Chechnya are rampant.

Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8152351.stm

Amnesty International Article: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2009071611434&lang=e&rss=recentnews

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3 responses

15 07 2009
larry

hello. my prayers already out. a slain investigative journalist now martyred by the government she was exposing is cruelly inhumane behavior by tyrants that need to be held accountable for this act. we have in America our own government sponsored thugs named “Acorn”. they have thusfar only resorted to fear and intimidation tactics, but push may be turning into shove. i would like to see thugs captured and put to the most horrendously cruel and evil death: of tying them down on tables to watch rocks dropped on themselves- or worse. these are the true soldiers of terrorism- these government sponsored thugs. they try to scare others into agreeing with them by committing inhumane acts.

13 08 2009
RickB

Well done larry, way to miss the point and show yourself to be the sort of person who allies with Natalia’s killers.

13 08 2009
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