Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kadyrov at Court: Murdered Estemirova ‘Was Not Defending Rights’

Posted by Info on 28/04/2011

Estemirova was outside her home in the Chechen capital Grozny before her bullet-ridden body was found in a forest in July 2009.
Rights group Memorial said Kadyrov was behind the murder, a claim it was ordered to retract following a lawsuit by Kadyrov.

The Chechen leader Kadyrov, who called Estemirova a “woman without honor or shame” shortly before her death, has denied the allegation.

Murdered Chechen rights activist Natalia Estemirova did nothing for the Chechen people, the republic’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov told a Moscow court hearing during a video today . “I saw in her work nothing holy or useful for the Chechen people. She wasn’t defending human rights. She was just talking but wasn’t defending any rights.”

Estemirova recorded hundreds of cases of abuse against civilians by the militia under control of Kadyrov, the 34-year-old former separatist rebel turned Kremlin loyalist.

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