Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Natalya Estemirova

On the one hand, of course, the news of Natalya Estemirova's murder in Chechnya or Ingushetia (kidnapped in Grozny but body found over the boundary) puts our own pathetically small problems into perspective. On the other hand, it adds to the small total of cosmic depression.

For me, personally, the news was made worse by the fact that less than a year ago I heard her speak and met her after a fashion. A lively, amusing, courageous and very beautiful lady, who has now been murdered, probably by one of the government-backed militias with the possible involvement of some Russian troops.

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