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New York Times, The Economist, Others Cite RFE/RL Kadyrov Interview


RFE/RL and its Russian language service, Radio Svoboda, obtained an exclusive interview Aug. 8 with Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov that has been quoted by several major media outlets. Following the Aug. 11 deaths of rights activist Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov, comments Kadyrov made to RFE/RL regarding slain activist Natalya Estemirova have received additional media attention.

The Economist
Zarema's End
August 13, 2009
Shortly after the murder of Ms Estemirova, Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s president, told Radio Liberty that she had “no honour, dignity or conscience”.

New York Times

2 Aid Workers Killed in Chechnya

August 11, 2009

While Mr. Kadyrov, the Chechen president, vowed on Tuesday to capture the killers of the two, he has lashed out recently at criticism of his human rights record. Over the weekend, he made some pointed remarks about Ms. Estemirova in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


Al-Jazeera
Charity Head Found Dead in Chechnya
August 11, 2009

AP

Memorial: kidnapped Chechen activist found dead

August 11, 2009

Memorial’s top activist, Oleg Orlov, has accused Kadyrov of involvement in (Estemirova’s) slaying. Kadyrov angrily denied the allegations, but he denounced Estemirova as a person who “never had any honor, dignity or conscience,” in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

Reuters

Charity head found dead in Chechnya: rights group

August 11, 2009

Kadyrov himself has also denied involvement (in Natalya Estemirova’s murder) but his remarks in an interview last weekend with Radio Free Europe that Estemirova “never had any honor or sense of shame” and “would say stupid things” caused further controversy.

AP

Chechen activist, husband found dead in car trunk

August 11, 2009

The Chechen leader had much harsher words for Estemirova, whom he denounced in a recent Radio Liberty interview as a person who “never had any honor, dignity or conscience.”

Los Angeles Times

Aid organization leader shot to death in Chechnya

August 11, 2009

In recent days, Kadyrov stirred outrage in Russia’s rights community by insulting Estemirova. In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, he denied any involvement in the death of the rights activist, which whom he had repeatedly clashed and, according to reports, threatened.

AFP

Human rights activist abducted in Chechnya: activists

August 10, 2009

In the wake of (Estemirova’s) killing, Memorial chairman Oleg Orlov accused Chechnya’s pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan Kadyrov of being responsible for the murder, irrespective of who ordered the crime. He refuted the allegation on Monday, saying in an interview with Radio Svoboda, the Russian service of Radio Free Europe: “Why should Kadyrov kill a woman who was useful to no one?”

Bloomberg

Two Russian Rights Activists Found Dead in Chechnya

August 11, 2009

Kadyrov said on Aug. 8 that Estemirova “never had honor, dignity or conscience” and denied allegations that he was involved in her death. “If Kadyrov is guilty, if Kadyrov’s people are guilty, let them prove it,” he said in interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The Guardian

Chechen aid worker and husband found dead in car boot

August 11, 2009

Memorial’s Oleg Orlov accused Kadyrov of involvement in (Estemirova’s) killing. The Chechen president denied the allegations but also denounced Estemirova as a person who “never had any honor, dignity or conscience,” in an interview with Radio Svoboda posted on the station’s website late on Saturday.

AP

Chechen leader: Slain activist ‘had no conscience’

August 9, 2009

But Kadyrov reportedly reiterated his denial of having any involvement in Estemirova’s death, according to the transcript of an interview with Radio Svoboda posted late Saturday on the station’s Web site. “She never had any honor, dignity or conscience, and all the same I appointed her the head of the (Grozny Human Rights) Council,” Kadyrov was quoted as saying.

Bloomberg

Kadyrov Says Putin Should Be President for Life, RFE/RL Reports

August 9, 2009

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Russia’s Chechnya region, said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should become the country’s president for life, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

UPI

Chechen leader denies political oppression

August 10, 2009

Ramzan Kadyrov told Radio Free Europe that Western human rights groups have been spreading false information linking him to abductions and even killings of political critics, including the July slaying of Russian human rights activist Natalya Estemirova in Grozny.

Moscow Times

Kadyrov Says Slain Activist Lacked Conscience

August 10, 2009

In an interview with the Radio Svoboda station posted on its web site on Saturday, Kadyrov once again denied that he was involved, saying that if his or his forces’ guilt is proven the punishment will follow.

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