The following news is accompanied by the ominous sense of déjà vu:
Natalia Estemirova was bundled into a van and abducted as she left her home in Chechnya on Wednesday morning, a colleague said. Her body was found in Ingushetia.
Ms Estemirova had been investigating human rights abuses in Chechnya for the independent Memorial group.
Ms Estemirova, who was 50 according to Russian prosecutors, had worked in the past with the activists Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in 2006, and Stanislav Markelov, who was killed in January this year.
In 2007 she was awarded the inaugural Anna Politkovskaya Prize, and had also received awards from the Swedish and European parliaments, Memorial said. [Source]
The Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, has since expressed “outrage” at the murder, and a “top-level investigation” is being arranged.
After the debacle that was the investigation, arrest and trial of Anna Politkovskaya’s killers, one can be forgiven for retaining a modicum of skepticism.