Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Natalya Estemirova Murder: Another Putin Victim?

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Natalya EstemirovaHuman rights campaigner Natalya Estemirova was kidnapped on July 15 outside her home in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Her bullet-riddled body was found several hours later in neighboring Ingushetia.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev interrupted his meetings in Munich (where he engaged in a gregarious beer-drinking photo-op with German Chancellor Angela Merkel) to vow that he would carry out a full investigation into the murder. Likewise, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov denounced the "cynical" killing and announced that he would personally take charge of the investigation to bring the killers to justice. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the murder "terrible" and told the Daily Telegraph, "We do share this pain and sorrow because of the murder."

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