Accessibility links

Breaking News

Danish Aid Group Resumes Work In Chechnya

A Chechen refugee in a camp in Ingushetia (file photo) (AFP) March 7, 2006 -- A Danish aid group that provides food to tens of thousands of people in Chechnya has resumed operations after a nearly month-long suspension in its activities.

The Danish Refugee Council's director for Russia, Per Ilsaas, said the group was restarting operations as of today.

The Danish Refugee Council suspended operations in early February after Ramzan Kadyrov, then the acting prime minister of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed government, said Danish aid groups would no longer be allowed to operate in Chechnya because of a controversial set of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad printed in a Danish newspaper.

Federal and other Chechen officials, however, expressed doubts whether the ban was legal and Kadyrov later retracted his decision.

The Danish Refugee Council is one of the biggest foreign aid organizations in the North Caucasus.

(Interfax, AP)

Crisis In Chechnya

Crisis In Chechnya

RFE/RL's complete coverage of Russia's war-torn Republic of Chechnya.


An annotated timeline of the Chechnya conflict.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.