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Russian Human Rights campaigner found dead.

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posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 10:06 AM
Russian Human Rights Campaigner Natalia Estemirova has been found dead in the republic of Ingueshetia.

From the Link above:

Russian rights campaigner found dead

Ms Estemirova's body was found in the neighbouring republic of Ingushetia near the city of Nazran, the spokeswoman added.

The activist was abducted today as she left her home, her colleagues at the Russian organisation Memorial said. She was pushed into a white car by several assailants as she left for work at 8.30am local time (0430 GMT), her colleague Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya said.

A spokesman for Chechnya's leader, ex-rebel turned Kremlin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov, said they were unaware of any disappearance.

Russia's interior ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

New-York based human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Estemirova was abducted as she was working on "extremely sensitive" cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya.

"There is no shred of doubt that she was targeted due to her professional activity," said Tanya Lokshina, HRW's Russian researcher in Moscow.


I first heard the news on The BBC World Service, who report she worked with Anna Pavlovskaya, another critic of the Kremlin and alleged human rights abuses in Chechnya who also ended up dead.

Is this the case of another person investigating alleged human rights abuses in Chechnya by the Pro-Kremlin regime joining the list of those journalists and human rights activists and critics of the Kremlin being 'dealt with' ?

Another source, a BBC News article:

[edit on 15-7-2009 by Regensturm]

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