Vertical power entails vertical liability

In Memoriam: Natalia Estemirova

In Memoriam: Natalia Estemirova

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.

Finnish-Russian Civic Forum

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  1. Estemirova’s death comes amid a spike in almost daily shootings and bombings in Chechnya and other provinces in Russia’s North Caucasus region. Memorial Chairman Oleg Orlov called Estemirova’s death an “extrajudicial execution.”

    “Those who killed her don’t want information about what’s going on in Chechnya to be known outside the region,” Orlov said. “I know who’s behind this killing, who’s to blame. I can give his name and title. It’s Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the Chechen region.

    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

  2. Chechnya’s peace is built on murder

    Another Russian mantra of modern times is the idea of “stabilnost” [stability], writes Tom Parfitt in the Guardian. Achieving that in Chechnya has ostensibly been Moscow’s aim of supporting Kadyrov. But peace in the North Caucasus cannot come at the price of human freedom. Because, as Estemirova herself knew so well, stability based on terror and killing is no stability at all.

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