Natalya Estemirova


The fight for human rights in Russia suffered another devastating blow on July 15, when Natalya Estemirova, Chechnya's most outspoken human-rights activist, was murdered just hours after being kidnapped from outside her home in Grozny, the capital of the troubled republic.

A researcher for the highly respected Russian human-rights organization Memorial, Estemirova, 50, had recently contributed to a Human Rights Watch report that accused the Chechen government of burning more than two dozen homes in punitive attacks against the families of suspected rebels. She also exposed the public execution of a young suspected separatist by a Chechen security officer. "She...

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