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Kidnapped Dutch Aid Worker Is Released in Russia

A Dutch aid worker who was kidnapped in Russia nearly two years ago was freed Sunday in a police operation in southern Russia, officials said. Arjan Erkel, who headed the North Caucasus mission of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, was found in the province of Dagestan, said Abdul Musayev, a spokesman for the local branch of Russia’s Interior Ministry. The Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed Erkel’s release. Mark Walsh, a spokesman for Doctors Without Borders in Moscow, said the group had received a telephone call Sunday from an association of veterans of Russia’s foreign intelligence announcing that Erkel had been freed. Representatives from the aid organization flew to Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and saw him around noon. Full Story

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