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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chechen President Blamed for Murder

A Russian human rights group has blamed Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed president, for the kidnap and murder of an award winning activist.

Natalia Estemirova's body was found on Wednesday near the city of Nazran in Ingushetia, the region neighbouring Chechnya, just hours after she was seized from her home in Grozny, the Chechen capital.

"I know, I am sure of it, who is guilty for the murder of Natalya ... His name is Ramzan Kadyrov," Oleg Orlov, the chairman of Memorial, said in a statement posted on the group's website late on Wednesday.

"Ramzan already threatened Natalya, insulted her, considered her a personal enemy.

"We do not know if he gave the order himself or his close associates did so to please their boss."

link: Al Jazeera English - Europe - Chechen president blamed for murder


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