The President's telegram reads, in part:
“I was deeply shaken to hear of the cruel murder of prominent human rights activist and journalist Natalia Estemirova. This crime will be investigated in the most careful manner and the criminals responsible will be punished.
Natalia Estemirova defended the universality and indivisibility of human rights, attempted to draw public attention to the various problems and processes taking place in our country. As her colleagues testify, Natalia was decisive, courageous and interested.
Please pass my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Natalia Estemirova.”