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Riot Police Break Up Estemirova Funeral

There are some things that should be sacred.  A funeral, no matter who it is for, should not be disturbed like this.  Hasn’t the Kremlin sent enough messages to their people that they should be afraid?  From the New York Times:

Police officers in Moscow broke up a memorial service for the human rights worker Natalya Estemirova on Thursday evening and detained the organizer of the event, according to Memorial, the organization where Ms. Estemirova worked. The service for Ms. Estemirova, who was abducted in the Chechen capital, Grozny, and shot to death last week, attracted about 200 people, exceeding the number allowed for the event, the police said. After the event, riot police officers pushed about 15 people into a bus. It was unclear on Friday whether they had been released.

From Reuters:

When all but 20 of the mourners had dispersed, about a dozen police officers moved in to arrest Viktor Sotirko, the Memorial activist who had organized the event, according to a Reuters witness.

“I asked them: ‘Why? When our activist has died, when the government has been accused, why aggravate the situation with arrests?'” Sotirko told Reuters Friday. Estemirova worked for rights group Memorial in Russia’s turbulent Chechnya region.