Andrei Kulagin: Missing Russian Rights Activist's Body Found
Andrei Kulagin, the missing Russian human rights activist's body has been found. Andrei Kulagin disappeared two months ago. He headed the local branch of Spravedivost, a human rights organization about 1,000 km north of Moscow.
Only recently activist Natalia Estemirova was killed; she was a Chechen human rights activist.
"The body of Andrei Kulagin, a resident of Petrozavodsk, was discovered on July 10 in a quarry near the Klyuchevaya neighborhood of Petrozavodsk," a source in Karelian law enforcement told Interfax news agency.
It is not known how Kulagin died at this time, but he was found in a sand pit.
Spravedlivost's leader Andrei Stolbunov said this on the organization's website:
"Human rights activists are the exposed nerves of civil society. They are sharply responsive to injustices and are very often at the front of the fight for other people's rights," Stolbunov wrote, linking the death to that of Estemirova and murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Kulagin was last seen leaving his home late at night after receiving a phone call.