Merkel says Russian activist's murder must be investigated

17th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Merkel said that the murder had "played a role" in her talks with the Russian president, who she said had assured her that "everything would be done to clear everything up."

Munich -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned on Thursday the murder of Russian rights campaigner Natalya Estemirova, saying the killing in the Caucasus must be investigated.

"I think that on the Russian side, everything must be done to catch the killer," Merkel said after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Munich.

Estemirova, 50, was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in Ingushetia with gunshot wounds to the head and chest hours after being seen bundled into a car outside her home in the Chechen capital Grozny.

Merkel said that the murder had "played a role" in her talks with the Russian president, who she said had assured her that "everything would be done to clear everything up."

She was the latest in a string of campaigners to be killed in Russia, with the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya the most notable, and Western governments were quick to express their outrage.

The two leaders held private talks for over an hour before being joined by top officials including the ministers for the interior, education, environment and economy.

AFP/Expatica

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