Rights defendants state absence of answers to key questions on
Jul 08 2010
Today, the Independent Press Centre has hosted a press conference:
"Investigation of Natalia Estemirova's murder: questions to investigation."
Let us remind you that July 15 is one year after the day of kidnapping
and murder of Natalia Estemirova.
According to Alexander Cherkasov, Chairman of the Board of the Human
Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial", "in recent months the investigation has
chosen the only version: Natalia Estemirova was killed by militants from
personal enmity and with the aim to compromise the leadership of the
According to Mr Cherkasov, the militant Alkhazur Bashaev was appointed
to the role of the gunman, "who is already dead, naturally." Now, in his
opinion, the case will be considered solved; and it will not brought to
the court, where the supposed killer could have objected. Besides, all
suspicions about involvement of state officials in the crime will be
"Other versions, first of all, those connected with the cases ran by
Natasha, dealing with kidnappings, arbitrary executions, burning down
houses by law enforcers of Chechnya, remain un-investigated," said
In her turn, Svetlana Gannushkina, a member of the Board of the HRC
"Memorial", chair of the "Civil Assistance" Committee and a member of
the Board at the President of the Russian Federation for promoting civil
society institutes and human rights, marked that during the first months
inspectors interrogated employees of the "Memorial".
"The interrogations concerned Estemirova's work and the cases that she
dealt with (kidnappings, a public execution) during her last days.
Identikits of two female witnesses of her kidnapping were compiled, but
none of them have been ever found and interrogated," said Ms Gannushkina.