Medecins sans Frontieres suspended its relief program in Chechnya after kidnapping of Nina Davydovich

The International medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres has suspended its relief programme in Chechnya and will not resume it for two weeks on account of the kidnapping of Nina Davydovich, head of the Russian non-governmental organization Druzhba.

The organization strongly condemns the abduction of Davydovich and urges all parties to ensure her immediate release, says the MSF press release, received by RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

The MSF supplies health facilities in Chechnya with drugs and medical materials and runs a program of social and psychological rehabilitation of population. It stopped its activities in Chechnya on July 29th, following the news of the kidnapping of Davydovich.

On August 20th the MSF will review the situation and decide whether or not to continue with the suspension.

However, MSF will continue to provide direct life-saving assistance in case of emergencies and to cooperate with surgical facilities in Chechnya. All operations in both Ingushetia and Dagestan will continue to function as normal.

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