BBC Radio 4: Crossing Continents Chechnya

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In July 2009 a prominent human rights worker called Natalya Estemirova was shot dead in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Only weeks before her death, she was one of the people interviewed by Lucy Ash during her investigation of the treatment of women in Chechnya.

There are reports of the police failing to investigate the common practice of the abduction of women, and of a series of murders and disappearances of women allegedly because of their immoral lifestyle.

Lucy Ash asks what the uneasy peace there means for Chechen women.

Reporter: Lucy Ash

Producer: Nick Sturdee

This edition of Crossing Continents was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday, 16 July 2009. Subscribe to the Crossing Continents podcast and follow the programme on Twitter

This report was winner of the Gold Award in the News Special category in the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010.

The Sony Radio Awards judges described the report as:

"A courageous piece of radio journalism which highlighted an issue from a part of the world that has been neglected editorially.

With an excellent use of radio techniques, presenter Lucy Ash and the production team brought us a story of missing young women with clarity, colour and humanity, gaining access to unique material through dogged determination and persistence."

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