Women and children from Penza region found in Iraq prison
Penza, 4 December 2017. PenzaNews. Several female residents of the Penza region together with their children were found by Chechen authorities in a Mosul camp, from where they were later transferred to a prison in Bagdad. This was reported by RIA Novosti.
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Journalists received a list of names of Russian citizens including those from other regions who were kept in a Bagdad prison from Kheda Saratova, a member of the council for civil society development and human rights under the head of Chechnya. The woman is a member of the working group on the search for and return of Russian women and children taken by their husbands to the territory under the control of the Islamic State [ISIS, in the Arabic variant – DAISH, the activities of the terrorist group are prohibited in Russia].
According to the list, those who are kept in a Bagdad prison include a resident of the Kuznetsk region, born 1981, and three children – two boys and a girl; a woman born 1982 from the Gorodishchensky area and five children – three boys and two girls; as well as a minor girl born 2003 from the Gorodishchensky area, and a boy.
As it was explained by Kheda Saratova, the list of names given to the mass media is unfinished – it was drawn up by representatives of Iraq authorities and will be updated.
She added that six families had already contacted the working group.
According to the right defender, the news that their relatives turned out to be in an Iraq camp became a surprise to many people.
"They didn't even believe it. Many of them thought that their relatives lived happily in Turkey," Kheda Saratova explained.
To date, some 100 women and children have returned home from Iraq and Syria with the assistance of the Chechen authorities. These are residents of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Bashkiria, Tver, Nizhnevartovsk, as well as citizens of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.