Istanbul police detain daughter of former Chechen Migration Service head, widow of ISIS “Minister of War”

Istanbul police detain daughter of former Chechen Migration Service head, widow of ISIS “Minister of War”
Seda Dudurkaeva

Seda Dudurkaeva had fled to Syria a few years ago.

Istanbul police have detained Seda Dudurkaeva, the daughter of Asu Dudurkaev, the former Chechen head of Federal Migration Service. She is suspected of having links with the Islamic State, the Turkish newspaper Vatan writes.

The media outlet reminds that Dudurkaeva had fled to Syria a few years ago and married one of the ISIS commanders, Abu Umar Shishani (a Georgian citizen of Chechen origin, whose real name is Tarkan Batirashvili). Five more people were detained along with the daughter of the ex-official, two of them allegedly being Shishani’s sons.

The local paper Daily Sabah writes that once in Syria, Seda married Shishani’s assistant, who had orchestrated her escape from Chechnya. Then the commander took her as his wife after the assistant had died in a clash in the north of the country. Shishani himself died in 2016.

As soon as Seda ran away, the Chechen head, Ramzan Kadyrov, fired her father from the post of head of the Federal Migration Service; people’s complaints were said to be the official reason. Dudurkaev was offered assistance in his daughter’s return, but he said he would sort it out on his own. His efforts proved unsuccessful.

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