Examiner Op-Ed: Investigate Killing of Landmine Campaigner

I wrote an opinion column in The Examiner (Independence, MO, USA) this weekend calling on Russian and Chechen authorities to “do everything they can to ensure an independent investigation” into the slaying of landmine campaigner Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov this week. Unfortunately, the string of political murders of human rights activists in Russia suggests that any such political commitment from Russian and Chechen governmental bodies is highly unlikely. Therefore, I call on the Obama Administration to “support Russian human rights and democracy activists, whose lives are growing more dangerous every week.”

Read the whole article here.

~ by Matthew Bolton on 15 August 2009.

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