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Archive for August 12th, 2009

Russia: It is monstrous! – Assassination of Zarema Sadulayeva and Umar Dzhabrailov pile pressure on Kremlin

Posted by Info on 12/08/2009

The murder of Save the Generation director Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband is in line of series of killing in Chechnya . What had happened to the organization’s former director? Also he was murdered in 2005!

The couple’s assassination will pile pressure on the Kremlin to stem a wave of kidnaps and killings that has seized Chechnya this year. It comes weeks after Estemirova, an internationally recognised activist and head of the Memorial human rights group’s office in Grozny, was abducted and shot dead.

Tanya Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Russia:

“It is monstrous. We thought that after Natalya’s death there would at least be a lull. We’re absolutely stunned.”

She is not only one who shares her opinion.

“Sadulayeva was a humanitarian worker who didn’t do anything to arouse the disapproval of the authorities. It’s hard to say who may have done it and why, but what is clear is that Chechnya is now out of control.”

In April, Russia announced it was ending its counter-terrorism operation in Chechnya because of an improving security situation after ten years of conflict with separatist and Islamist rebels. The republic’s Kremlin-appointed president, Ramzan Kadyrov, frequently boasts that Chechnya is “the calmest place in Russia” but rights activists say that kidnappings – often committed by uniformed men – have increased since the beginning of this year.

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Russia Is Still Getting Away With Murder

Posted by Info on 12/08/2009

The New York Times:

On Tuesday, two more bodies of human rights workers were found in the southern republic of Chechnya, this time in the trunk of a car.

This comes less than a month after the shocking death of Natalya Estemirova, a 50-year-old human-rights campaigner whose body was dumped by the side of a road. She had been shot several times — at least once in the head, which is the signature for the killers who have been methodically eliminating critics and rivals of Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya.

Once again, Mr. Kadyrov, who is just 32, has mocked both his accusers and the victims. He scoffed when asked by Radio Free Europe about allegations that he was responsible for Ms. Estemirova’s death: “Why should Kadyrov kill a woman who was useful to no one?”.

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