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Inaction on Dutch Aid Worker Missing in Caucasus Criticized

Doctors Without Borders accused Russian and Dutch officials today of dragging out their investigation into the disappearance of a Dutch aid worker seized a year ago in a region bordering Chechnya. The stalled inquiry is hampering further assistance to war refugees, officials of the group said at a rally here. The one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Arjan Erkel, 33, who led the organization’s mission to the northern Caucasus, was observed on Lubyanka Square near the headquarters of the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., the successor of the K.G.B. Colleagues and family members gathered near a stone commemorating victims of Stalinism in T-shirts reading, “Where’s Arjan?” along with posters asking for President Vladimir V. Putin’s help in obtaining his release. Mr. Erkel was kidnapped on Aug. 12, 2002, by three gunmen in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, where contract killings and kidnappings are commonplace. Full Story

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