Gori city authorities refused Russian humanitarian aid yesterday. The city's mayor, Vladimir Vardzelashvili, and local priests met the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations convoy carrying 56 tons of food and informed them that the city of Gori does not need Russian aid. The convoy returned to Tskhinvali. Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Sergey Shoigu later that day complained to Prime Minster Vladimir Putin of Georgian authorities' "disruption" of the humanitarian mission to Gori. The PM replied "Let them take care of themselves."
Humanitarian problems are not yet solved in Tskhinvali. There is no electricity, gas or water in the city, although residents are returning in large numbers from North Ossetia. Many of them have no homes to return to and are staying with neighbors or in tents provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Not all redidents of the city who need the tents have received them yet, however. Returning refugees say they are concerned about their possessions and have heard that compensation for losses in the war will be given out in Tskhinvali first. They say Russian authorities have promised 50,000 rubles in compensation for every destroyed home.
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