Military police battalion returns from Syria to Chechnya
A division of military police of the Ministry of Defense, which had served in Aleppo for 1.5 years, has returned to Chechnya, Republic Head Ramzan Kadyrov said on his vk.com page.
According to the Chechen head, the military had been entrusted with exclusively responsible tasks related to the protection of the most important facilities of the Russian Ministry of Defense, public order support, civilian population security, and the achievement of a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria.
393 soldiers of the military police battalion under the command of Major Ruslan Numukhadzhiev have returned safely to the republic.
A solemn meeting, attended by Deputy Chief of the Ministry of Defense Main Military Police Directorate, Major-General Vitaly Kokh, was held in Grozny to celebrate their return. A number of soldiers were awarded state awards.
Ramzan Kadyrov had previously denied the sending of Chechen security forces to Syria, however, in January 2017, he confirmed that Chechen servicemen of the Ministry of Defense’s military police battalion were serving in the ‘hot spot’.
To recall, in December 2016, a video presumably showing Russian servicemen in Chechnya getting ready to be sent to Syria was posted on social networks. The video shows clergy blessing the military for participation in the Syrian operation. Dozhd TV channel reported that the record shows employees of internal troops. Kavkazsky Uzel citing an officer of the Chechen Military Commandant's Office explained that it concerned a consolidated detachment of military police of the Russian Ministry of Defense, 12 soldiers of which were fired for refusing to go to Syria. In December 2016, a criminal case was initiated into the publication. Rosbalt reported on five detained military, including one officer.
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