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Missing activist's body found in pit

July 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Russian human rights activist has been found dead in a sand pit in the Karelia region weeks after he went missing, police said.

The news of Andrei Kulagin's death came a week after the killing of Natalia Estemirova, a respected rights activist, in Chechnya. Her killing sparked international outrage and underscored the dangers faced by Russians who challenge authorities.

Kulagin was last seen May 14 as he left his home after getting a call from someone who wanted to meet with him, said the director of his organization, Spravedlivost, or Justice.

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