Kadyrov

Freedom House calls on the Russian government to fully investigate the disturbing murder of Natalya Estemirova, one of Chechnya's most prominent human rights activists, and bring the attackers to justice.

Freedom House is deeply disturbed that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov is escalating his counterterrorism campaign by vowing to target the families of suspected rebels.

Freedom House welcomes Russia's decision to end its decade-long "counter-terrorism operation" against separatist rebels in Chechnya, but is concerned that human rights abuses and repression will worsen as Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov further consolidates his power in the southern republic.

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