Violence in the North Caucasus - Three Years since the Murder of Natalya Estemirova

posted 16 Jul 2012, 11:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Jul 2012, 10:47 ]
16 July 2012

An abridged version of a discussion broadcast by Radio Liberty on 13 July (translated and edited by John Crowfoot).  

Vladimir Kara-Murza (presenter). Since Natalya Estemirova’s death the investigation into her killing has made no substantial progress. On the contrary, it has been followed by a series of other grave crimes. [...]

Alexander Cherkasov (Memorial centre). Zarema Sadulayeva and Alik Djabrailov were abducted and murdered in Chechnya on 10 August 2009. Zarema Gaisanova was detained on 31 October during a special operation, directed by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov himself, and subsequently disappeared. (She worked for the Danish Council for Refugees in Chechnya.) Ingush opposition figure Maksharip Aushev was shot dead in Kabardino-Balkaria on 24 October 2009. The last high-profile killing of a public figure in the Caucasus was that of Hadjimurad Kamalov, publisher of the Chernovik newspaper, who was shot dead in Makhachkala (Dagestan). None of the investigations into these crimes have made any progress. Those responsible have been neither named nor arrested. [Read more]