The abduction and murder of Natalia Estemirova calls for a determined response from all those concerned about the state of human rights in Russia. This crime is an attack on all those who believe in the fundamental principles of human rights and common European values.
The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum demands that the Russian authorities ensure criminal accountability and punishment of the perpetrators of the murder of Natalia Estemirova. The murder cannot end up as just another incident in a long row of crimes committed with impunity.
The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum notes that the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed “outrage” at the murder and has ordered a top-level investigation.
In this connection, the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum demands that President Mededev order an immediate stop to the campaign of house-burnings by government-backed militias in North Caucasus. Natalia Estemirova’s last project was to gather evidence about this campaign.
The Russian leadership should keep in mind that vertical power entails vertical liability.