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08/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chechen President hits back over claim he ordered activist's murder

First Russia's small and beleaguered human rights community received the news that the activist Natalya Estemirova had been abducted and murdered. Yesterday, the strongman President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, who many believe was linked to the killing, added insult to that injury when he said that he planned to sue the campaigning organisation of which she was a member in order to "defend his dignity".

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