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24 July 2018, 16:41

Mother of Seda Dudurkaeva, detained in Turkey, reports her daughter's attempts to leave IS

A trial in the case against Seda Dudurkaeva, who was detained in Istanbul and who was a daughter of the former chief of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) Department for Chechnya, is scheduled for mid-August, reported a detainee's mother. According to the woman, her daughter is kept in prison with two sons of 3.5 and 1.5 years old.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 4, 25-year-old Seda Dudurkaeva, who had left for Syria, was detained in Istanbul on suspicion of involvement in the "Islamic State" (a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court, – note of the "Caucasian Knot").

According to Milana Dudurkaeva, her daughter is accused of illegal crossing of the border and cooperation with Syrian militants.

In November 2013, the father of Seda Dudurkaeva resigned as the chief of the Chechen FMS Department at the request of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya. Ramzan Kadyrov explained his decision by the citizens' complaints about the work of the Chechen FMS Department and the stay of the Dudurkaev's daughter "among the militants" in Syria.

According to Milana Dudurkaeva, her daughter repeatedly tried to escape from the militants' place. "Being with a baby in her arms and pregnant with the second, she tried to escape. But they brought her back. Apparently, she was not executed due to her pregnancy," she said.

Seda Dudurkaeva managed to escape in 2017, when the Syrian forces were actively attacking the IS militants, the woman's mother explained.

In Chechnya, the story of the Seda Dudurkaeva's detention was almost never discussed.

"Seda Dudurkaeva is just one of many young women, who succumbed to false ideas and left for Syria together with their husbands ... The public interest in her person can be primarily explained by the fact that she was a wife of 'IS War Minister' Abu Umar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili, killed in 2016, – note of the 'Caucasian Knot') and a daughter of a Ramzan Kadyrov's subordinate," said Maret, an employee of a Chechen institution.

The history of Seda Dudurkaeva is "of special interest for researchers," wrote on Facebook Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya, the director of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Centre.

"She was a very beautiful daughter of a top-ranking official, who had everything in Chechnya ... However, Seda fell in love with a guy from the Pankisi Gorge, who later joined the IS, and she left for Syria with her man," Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya wrote.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 24, 2018 at 10:45 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondents

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