Archive Documents

You may find here the old articles, presentations, lectures and speeches related with Chechnya.


Information about the books that are related to Chechnya and the Chechens

Chechen Culture

Articles, materials and more about Chechen culture.


You may read the lyrics of the most famous Chechen songs, listen and also download them.


You may find here the poems that are written on Chechen people and also the poems by the very well known Chechen poets

Home » News

Witnesses: Estemirova Threatened by Kadyrov

Submitted by on Sunday, 19 December 2010.    807 views No Comment
Witnesses: Estemirova Threatened by Kadyrov

According to the website Kavkaz-Uzel, Ramzan Kadyrov might have been involved in organizing attempts against his own dissidents. He also threatened Natalya Estemirova, the witnesses testified on December 16th at the trial of the head of Memorial Human Rights Center, Oleg Orlov. Orlov is accused of slandering Kadyrov.

On December 16, the trial continued in Moscow against Oleg Orlov, in connection with his statements about the responsibility of the Kremlin-backed administration in Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, in Natalya Estemirova’s murder. The court listened to the witnesses; Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya from “Memorial” and Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of the Moscow office of the international human rights organization “Human Rights Watch” gave testimony.

According to the human rights activist Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya, there are four such cases: the case of Salikh Masaev, who in his complaint to the European Court accused Kadyrov of torture, after which he disappeared in Grozny; Sulim Yamadaev’s murder in Dubai for which Kadyrov’s personal stableman was condemned; the murder attempt against Isa Yamadaev in Moscow and Umar Israilov’s murder in Vienna, in which all signs show a clear connection to Kadyrov’s circle.

Both witnesses showed evidence that Estemirova had received threats from Kadyrov.

“Ramzan Kadyrov personally treated Estemirova negatively. On March 31, 2008, Natalya Estemirova and Ramzan Kadyrov met. During the meeting, Kadyrov shouted at her. He called her an indecent woman which is a very strong insult in the Chechen mentality. He even grabbed her by one of her arms. He spoke about her relatives and told her that her daughter goes to school alone. At the end of the meeting, he dismissed her from the Grozny Human Rights Council,” said Lokshina.

Also, she mentioned another menacing conversation on July 10, 2009. This time he was joined by Nurdi Nukhadzhiev, who is Kadyrov’s so-called human rights commissioner. The meeting was clear. They were unhappy with “Memorial” and Natalya Estemirova personally.

However, the puppet Kadyrov’s lawyer, Andrei Krasnenkov, did not like the witness’s evidence. “They openly slandered Kadyrov. They provided false testimony. Also, Umar Israilov was never a guard of Kadyrov. Such a service did not exist. When Israilov was arrested in 2004, there were a lot of accusations against him. Kadyrov told me, ‘I do not have personal security. Even if I did, I would not use this man’,” said Krasnenkov.

*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.