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Chechen leader's suit against Memorial head put off to Sept. 10

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Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's lawsuit against the head of a Russian human rights group for libel has been postponed until September 10.

MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's lawsuit against the head of a Russian human rights group for libel has been postponed until September 10, Kadyrov's lawyer said Monday.

Andrei Krasnenkov said the court hearing on the defamation case was delayed at the request of the Memorial head Oleg Orlov, who requested more time to prepare.

In a statement published on the group's website in July, Orlov accused Kadyrov of involvement in the murder of human-rights activist Natalya Estemirova, who was working for Memorial when she was killed July 15.

"I know, I am certain who is to blame for the murder of Natasha Estemirova. We all know this person. His name is Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the Chechen Republic," the statement said.

The day after Estemirova was killed, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed claims that Kadyrov was behind the murder as "primitive."

 

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