Médecins sans Frontières has accused Russian government officials of involvement in the kidnapping of one of their aid workers, who was abducted near Chechnya in August 2002 and is thought to be still alive. The head of operations for MSF Switzerland, Thomas Nierle, said the aid worker, Arjan Erkel, had been abducted in the Russian republic of Dagestan by a group that has links to an MP in the local parliament. “A member of the Dagestani parliament is involved,” he said. “He has influence over the group that is holding him and are responsible for the problem not being resolved by now.” Mr Nierle declined to identify the MP but added that the politician had superiors in the federal parliament in Moscow who were also involved. Full Story
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