Natalia Estemirova’s murder investigation in conflict with the law

The investigation of the murder of Natalia Estemirova continues along a false path, according to an independent report by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Civil Rights Defenders partner, Human Rights Center Memorial, and the Magazine Novaya Gazeta.

An effective investigation can only be conducted with the active participation of the representatives of the victim. However, over the course of the last year, the investigative agencies and the court system of the Russian Federation have systematically denied the victim, Svetlana Estemirova (Natalia’s sister) and her representatives the ability to review the materials contained in the case file.

“We demand that the administration of the Investigative Committee stop violating the standards of the Russian Criminal Procedural Code and the rights of the victim. We turn to the President of the Russian Federation, Dimitri Medvedev, with a request to personally assure that the investigation into the murder of Natalia Estemirova be conducted in accordance with the law”, said the authors of the report.

Natalia Estemirova was abducted and killed on July 15, 2009. Nearly six months later, in January 2010, the investigation received evidence which served as the main factor in the current version of the murder: abduction and murder committed by the militant Alkhazur Bashaev and other unidentified persons.

Read the report: Two years after the murder of Natalia Estemirova

Categories: News.
Tags: Dimitri Medvedev, International Federation for Human Rights, Memorial, Natalia Estemirova, and Novaja Gazeta.
Regions: Russia.