Twelve staff from Russian Red Cross headquarters have left Moscow en route to the North Caucasus to implement emergency relief programmes in Ingushetia, Dagestan, North Ossetia and Kabardino Balkaria. The team, headed by veteran aid worker Nikolai Zudilin, will supervise the distribution of relief supplies which will be trucked in to alleviate the plight of thousands of displaced persons. Zudilin recently returned from a preliminary mission to the region where he oversaw the setting up of internationally-funded relief programmes. These are even more necessary with a new wave of displaced persons expected to arrive in the tiny republic from neighbouring Chechnya, where Russian forces have increased their military activity. "We'll be helping Red Cross volunteers and staff run soup kitchens, a bakery, distribute clothes and shoes and run medical posts," Zudilin explained before setting off.
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