Chechen leader announces overall DNA-data harvesting

Chechen leader announces overall DNA-data harvesting
Ramzan Kadyrov

Kadyrov writes in his social network account VKontakte that DNA expertise "will help not only to identify a relative but also give the children citizenship of the Russian Federation."

Chechnya will conduct an "overall DNA harvesting" to establish the kinship of children born in the countries of the Middle East and help them return to Russia. The corresponding order was given by Head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kadyrov writes in his social network account VKontakte that DNA expertise "will help not only to identify a relative but also give the children citizenship of the Russian Federation."

Kadyrov also says that his representative in the Middle East and North Africa Ziyad Sabsabi has agreed that all cases of Russian citizens in Iraq will be considered by one judge. "This will greatly facilitate and shorten the time for consideration of cases on the return of Russian children to their homes," the Head of Chechnya states.

"On the instructions of the Russian leadership, we will be engaged in the return of our young citizens, doing our best. This is our sacred duty to protect the life and freedom of Russian citizens!"

Since autumn of 2017, Chechen authorities have organized the return of more than 100 women and children detained in Syria and Iraq to Russia. The husbands of Russians who fought on the side of the ISIS (banned in Russia) were killed or imprisoned.

It was reported that, after returning to Russia, the women wrote a full confession and a warrant that they were ready to stand trial if necessary. Some of the returnees were arrested on charges of participation in illegal armed groups. At least one verdict is rendered.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, from 50 to 70 Russians accused of participation in the Islamic State terrorist organization and more than 100 of their children are in jails of Iraq. The Chechen authorities have repeatedly stated that they will seek the return of these children to Russia. At the end of April Iraq sentenced 19 Russians to life imprisonment for ties with the ISIS.

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