11 Aug 2009

Kidnapped head of Russian charity killed

7:57 pm on 11 August 2009

The head of a charity has been found shot dead after being kidnapped by a group of armed men in Russia's restive region of Chechnya.

Armed men raided the office of the Save the Generations charity in the regional capital Grozny and seized Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Dzhibrailov.

The Memorial rights group, which tracks killings in the region, says their bodies have been found in the boot of a car in a suburb of Grozny.

The report could not be immediately verified independently.

The kidnapping occurred just one month after Memorial activist Natalia Estemirova was kidnapped and killed in Chechnya.