Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • South Korea ferry captain defends decision to delay evacuation

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • Top Hollande adviser resigns over conflict of interest accusation

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

Europe

Manhunt begins after assassin of Russian rights activist is identified

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-15

Russia has identified the killer of rights activist Natalya Estemirova (pictured), who was shot dead in July 2009 after being kidnapped in Chechnya. President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday an international search for the suspect had been launched.

AFP - Russia has identified the killer of rights activist Natalya Estemirova and he now is the target of an international search, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

"The perpetrator of this murder -- the killer -- has been uncovered and definitively identified. He is on an international wanted list," said Medvedev at a summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Now an investigation is under way to not only establish the killer, who is the target of a search, but also the one who ordered this terrible crime."

Merkel called on Russia to "find the truth" and solve Estemirova's killing, one year to the day after the rights campaigner for prize-winning Russian rights group Memorial was murdered in the Caucasus.

Memorial activists have accused the authorities of seeking to obscure the search for Estemirova's killers and ignoring any leads that could point to the involvement of security structures in the Caucasus region of Chechnya.

But Medvedev hit back the criticism, saying: "It is wrong to say there is no investigation. The probe is going full force."

"There are no quick results in this, unless the person is caught red handed," he said, speaking at a press conference alongside Merkel in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Estemirova, 50, was abducted in outside her home in the Chechen capital of Grozny before her corpse was found hours later riddled with bullet holes in neighbouring Ingushetia on July 15, 2009.

Memorial's chief Oleg Orlov was charged with libel earlier this month in a criminal investigation into his allegations last year that the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was responsible for Estemirova's murder.

The controversial Kadyrov angrily dismissed the allegations and in turn has described Memorial as "enemies of the people".
 

Date created : 2010-07-15

Comments

COMMENT(S)