Waiting for Putin

Here’s a link to an editorial on Natalia Estemirova on the Telegraph:

President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed “outrage” at Miss Estemirova’s fate. But Russians know that real power rests with their prime minister. Mr Putin must now condemn this crime and guarantee an impartial investigation. Moreover, he should rein in the militia who support his repugnant protégé in Chechnya – seven of Mr Kadyrov’s critics or rivals have been killed since last September.

If Mr Putin does not take these steps, the world can only conclude that he leads a government which, at the very least, tolerates the murder of its critics.