Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Court To Sentence Orlov, Human Rights Activist For Slander On President Kadyrov

Posted by Info on 14/06/2011

Human rights activist Estemirova had been abducted in Grozny, Chechnya not far from her home on July 15, 2009. Her body was found on the same day 100 metres from the Kavkaz federal highway in Ingushetia. The investigation believes that the crime was committed likely in connection with Estemirova’s professional activities as well as to destabilise the situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia.
Oleg Orlov, her colleague and the head of the Memorial human rights centre is accused of “a slander” on Kadyrov for circulating information of the latter’s alleged guilt of Natalya’s assassinating.

Earlier, Moscow’s Tverskoy Court already sentenced Orlov and the Memorial human rights centre to a fine for the Memorial head’s pronouncement about Kadyrov’s guilt of murdering Estemirova.
Then, a criminal case was instituted against Orlov under the article “Slander”, providing for a punishment with a three-year prison term.
The magistrate’s division of Moscow’s Khamovnichesky Court is expected to announce a sentence today.


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