28th February 1958 – 15th July 2009
Just over three years ago (July 15th 20098) an award-winning Russian human rights activist and board member of the Russian human rights organisation Memorial. A school teacher in the early 1990s, who became Chechnya’s leading rights activist, investigating and documenting abductions, torture and extra-judicial killing by state security forces. She was abducted and murdered by persons unknown on the 15th July 2009 around 8:30 a.m. from her home in Grozny, Chechnya, as she was courageously working on extremely sensitive cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya. So far no one has been prosecuted for Natasha Khusainovna Estemirova’’s murder.