Kidnapped Chechen activist found dead

Spasem PokolenieA Chechen aid worker, Zarema Sadulayeva, and her husband, Alik Djabrailov, have been found dead, a day after they were kidnapped. Memorial’s Alexander Cherkasov said their bodies were found in the Chernorechye suburb of the Chechen capital Grozny.

Cherkasov said Sadulayev and Djabrailov were abducted by unidentified armed men on Monday. The men bundled the two activists into a grey Lada, which carried “unassigned” license plates (region 96). The men later returned, taking Djabrailov’s mobile phone and car.

Sadulayeva worked for the charity group, Spasem Pokolenie (“Save the Generation”), which cooperates with local authorities in helping Chechen children suffering from war injuries and trauma. The group was established in 2001.

The latest murders follow last month’s kidnapping and killing of another prominent rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, head of Memorial’s office in Grozny. Rights activists blame the forces of the Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov for abductions, killings, and torture.

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