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Russian Federation / Chechnya: Red Cross still without news of abducted employee

02-02-2004 News Release

Moscow/Nalchik (ICRC) - Six months ago to this day Usman Saidaliev, a Chechen employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Grozny, was abducted from his home during the night by unidentified armed men. Since then neither Usman's family nor the ICRC have had any news of his whereabouts.

The ICRC delegation in the Russian Federation wishes to mark this day by expressing its solidarity with Usman's family.

The ICRC calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Usman Saidaliev and wishes to stress that the abduction of civilians is prohibited under international humanitarian law. The ICRC is also deeply concerned about the safety of the civilian population in Chechnya.