Natalya Estemirova abducted

natalya estemirova AP is reporting that the Russian human right activist and Memorial Centre worker Natalya Estemirova has been abducted.  According to Caucasian Knot her present whereabouts are unknown, and her mobile numbers are not answering. Caucasian Knot says that [my tr.]

Natalya Estemirova was seized by unknown persons near her home [early on Wednesday] and forced into a white VAZ-2107 car – she only managed to shout that she was being abducted. Natalya was followed from the entrance to the place of abduction by a woman — possibly a police informant, a report on the website of the “Memorial” Human Rights Centre says.

“Today Natalya was scheduled to meet staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Chechen Republic and travel with them to Stavropol Kray,” Memorial worker Alexander Cherkasov said on the radio station Ekho Moskvy. “But the law enforcement agencies say they know nothing about what has happened.”

According to Tatyana Lokshina, deputy director of the Russian branch of Human Rights Watch, several witnesses saw Estemirova being pushed into the car.



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