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Natalya Estemirova
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    (February 28, 1958-July 15, 2009)
    Born in Saratov, Saratov Oblast, Russian Federation
    Graduated from Grozny State University
    Taught history at Grozny School No. 9
    Reported cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya for Memorial (1999-2009)
    Kidnapped from her home in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia (July 15, 2009)
    Later found dead at Gazi-Yurt, Ingushetia, Russia
    She led a teachers strike demanding better conditions and higher wages for teachers (1991).
    The witnesses who heard her yell when she was kidnapped could’ve ran to her rescue.
    The real nature of her abductors and murderers remains debated: Some say that she was kidnapped by rebels, while others say that she was kidnapped by pro-government militia.
    She was highly dedicated to her job, which helped her overcome her fears.
    She helped negotiate hostage releases and worked with refugees when tensions increased between Ingushetia and North Ossetia-Alania (1992).
    She documented the mayhem that has occurred in Chechnya and the rest of the Caucasus.
    Her heated argument with Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov over whether women should wear headscarves in public forced her to flee to the United Kingdom (March 2008).
    Her murder was strongly condemned by Dmitry Medvedev, who vowed to investigate it.
    She and her family lived in a two-room apartment at Grozny that constantly faced electricity and water shortages.

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