Commemorating the Memory of Natalia Estemirova on the Anniversary of her Murder

Source: (Author), 14/07/10

· Human Rights Defenders

· Victims of Conflicts

On 15 July 2010 it will be one year since the assassination of Natalia Estemirova, human rights defender and staff member of the Groznyi office of the Memorial Human Rights Centre. In Moscow and Ekaterinburg colleagues will hold a series of commemorative events in memory of Natasha.

In Moscow a picket in memory of Natasha Estemirova will take place from 17.30 to 18:30 beside the Griboedov statue (Chistye Prudy metro station). From 19:00 at the offices of Memorial at 12, Malyi Karetnyi Pereulok, a commemorative evening will be held. Friends and colleagues will talk about the cases Natasha was working on in the last days of her life, and how the investigation into her killing is proceeding today.

Photographs of Natasha from various years will be on show.

In Ekaterinburg, from 17.00 to 19.00 Memorial, jointly with other community organizations, will hold a picket in memory of Natasha Estemirova. The picket will take place on Plotinka Street, on the sidewalk by the parapet near the statue to the city’s founders.

Following the picket, at 19.30 in the office of Ekaterinburg Memorial (99, Lenin Street) a documentary film will be shown. The documentary, Aldy. No Statute of Limitations, features Natasha and is about the investigation into the bloody ‘cleansing’ operation that took place on 5 February 2000 in the village of Novye Aldy, Chechnya, and the civilian deaths that resulted. The operation was carried out by troopers from the St. Petersburg special OMON police unit. The film is based on materials that were obtained, at risk of their own lives, by Natasha Estemirova and her colleagues from the Memorial Human Rights Centre.