2009: Russia: Natasha Estemirova 2

Mr Dmitry Medvedev
President of the Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 206 5173 / 206 6277
Email: president@gov.ru

Mr Chaika Yuri Yakovlevich
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Ishaya Dmitrovka 1 a GSP e
Moscow 12599 3
Fax+7 495 292 88 48

Your Excellency,

As a member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN, I am deeply shocked and outraged by the murder of Natasha Estemirova 16 July 2009 clearly in retaliation for her investigations into human rights abuses in Chechnya.

In 2007 the first annual Anna Politkovskaya Award was given to Natasha Estemirova for her courage in seeking and telling the truth about the torture, disappearances and murders of civilians in the war in Chechnya.

I welcome President Medvedev´s promise that there will be an immediate investigation into her murder, and that this will be carried out fully and impartially, and that those responsible be brought to justice. And I call on the Russian Government to bring to justice the killers of Anna Politkovskaya, for whose murder, three years on, justice has not been done.

Confident that you, Your Excellency, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Trine Kleven
Leader of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo

Russian Embassy
Drammensveien 74, 0244 Oslo
Tel., Fax: tel.: (+47) 22 55 32 78; 22 44 06 08
fax: (+47) 22 55 00 70

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