Kozlovsky: Killers will not be punished

Oleg KozlovskyKillers of Russian Human Rights Activists Will Not Be Punished

Russian human rights defender Natalia Estemirova was killed last week. Dmitry Medvedev said he was “outraged” and promised that “the killer will be found.” This promise is barely worth anything. Estemirova’s death is not the first in the recent history of human rights activism in Russia, writes Oleg Kozlovsky on Huffington Post.

Many more killings, kidnappings and assaults against human rights activists and journalists remain unnoticed. The performers, not to speak of organizers and masterminds of such attacks are never punished and suspects are rarely even named. Abusing human rights appears to be a safer business in Russia than defending them.

Cruelty and cynicism are much in demand in the Kremlin, which will most probably perceive the death of Natalia Estemirova as a “side effect” of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s “efficient management.” Justice will not triumph. Estemirova’s murderers will not be punished. Maybe one day humanity will be rated higher than barbarity.


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