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Top UN refugee official visits Russian Federation

Top UN refugee official to visit Russian Federation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) leaves tomorrow for the Russian Federation for consultations with Government, civil society and the UN country team on the asylum system, the situation of statelessness and internal displacement.

During his stay, Antonio Guterres is also expected to visit the Northern Caucasus region of the Russian Federation, including the Republics of North Ossetia-Alania, Ingushetia, and the Chechen Republic, where UNHCR is an active participant in humanitarian operations.

At the State Duma in Moscow, the High Commissioner is set to launch a Russian version of the Handbook for Parliamentarians on Nationality and Statelessness published jointly in 2005 by UNHCR and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

UNHCR established its office in the Russian Federation in 1992, and has since provided protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in the Russian Federation amounting to more than $170 million.

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