On 17 July, a woman from Chechnya applied to the local Prosecutor’s Office with a request to assist her in bringing back her young son from Iraq. The Prosecutor’s Office has begun verification of her claims.
On 25 June, the Zavodsky District Court of Grozny sentenced a citizen of Georgia, Beslan Gaurgashvili, to three years in a penal colony for participating in the war in Syria on the side of the Islamic State.
Since the beginning of the year, about 50 residents of Chechnya who were trying to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have been identified and detained, according to a source in Chechnya’s Centre for Countering Extremism at Chechnya’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoted by Russian state-run broadcaster Russia Today.
A resident of Chechnya’s Urus-Martan District has publicly apologised to the Chechen people and the head of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, for disseminating ‘untruthful information’ about the detention of her husband. According to the authorities, the woman has fully admitted her guilt and asked for forgiveness.
On 21 March, local Ingush man Ilyas Albakov was detained in Ingushetia for his alleged involvement in an international terrorist organisation. According to the head of the Ingush Security Council, Akhmed Dzeytov, he is accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Syria. Other details of this case, including the time he spent with the Islamic State in Syria, have not been released.
A public council to socialise the families of slain militants and local security forces has been created in Ingushetia. The organisation will provide psychological and practical support, including help in finding employment.
A group of young men allegedly intending to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic State were detained in Chechnya yesterday. All the detainees came from Shelkovsky District in northeastern Chechnya.