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ICRC launches Russian-language website

28-01-2004 News Release 04/04

Geneva/Moscow (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is today launching the Russian-language version of its website. Russian speakers will now be able to consult treaties of international humanitarian law and obtain information about issues of humanitarian concern and about ICRC action worldwide.

The site is a response to the significant rise in internet use in the countries of the former Soviet Union, but it will also serve the sizeable Russian-speaking communities in North America, Israel and Central and Western Europe. It follows the launch of an Arabic ICRC website in November 2003 and adds to the organization's existing sites in English, French and Spanish.

In its operational coverage the new site will give special emphasis to the activities of ICRC delegations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where the organization has been working for more than 10 years to protect and assist people affected by the conflicts that followed the break-up of the Soviet Union, most of which remain unresolved.

As it develops, the site will increasingly feature ICRC publications in Russian. One of its main aims will be to provide online resources concerning the organization's programmes to increase knowledge of international humanitarian law in governments, armed and security forces, universities, schools and the rest of civil society.

 For further information please contact  

 Ada Bykovskaya, Webmaster, ICRC Moscow, tel. ++7 095 926 54 26  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++4122 730 21 01