Natalia Estemirova joined the Human Rights Centre Memorial in 2000. She researched information on some of the most serious human rights violations committed during the second Chechen conflict. On 15 July 2009, she was abducted and her body was later found with gunshot wounds. Since Natalia Estemirova was killed a year ago, her colleagues and other human rights defenders in Chechnya have continued to face threats and intimidation. Amnesty International urges President Dmitrii Medvedev to protect human rights defenders in Russia and investigate effectively and impartially the murder of Natalia Estemirova.
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