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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Estemirova Jars Nobel Laureates

A group of Nobel peace laureates called on Russia on Wednesday to find the killers of activist Natalya Estemirova, saying there was “nothing more dangerous than telling the truth in today’s Russia.”

Estemirova, who worked for rights group Memorial in Grozny, was abducted on July 15 as she left her home and was found dead later that day in Ingushetia.

“Natasha (as she was known among friends and colleagues) was a gentle, loving woman and a brave truth-teller who was not afraid to speak out about torture, rape and disappearances in Chechnya. She paid for it with her life,” the Nobel winners said in a letter published in Britain’s The Guardian.

The letter was signed by more than 100 prominent figures, including Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi, Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Desmond Tutu.

“We call on the Russian government to bring to justice both those who killed Natasha Estemirova and those who ordered her murder, and to end the killings of journalists and human rights defenders in the Russian Federation,” they wrote.

A law enforcement source in the Southern Federal District told RIA-Novosti on Wednesday that “a group of suspects” had been identified in the case and that investigators were narrowing the list down.

(Reuters, MT)