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    Russian Woman Detained in Turkey on Way to Syria Rejects Daughter's Return to Ex

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    Resident of the Saratov region Sergei Ukhanov told Sputnik on Monday that his ex-wife Svetlana, which was detained in Turkey earlier in June with her two kids and partner during an attempt to cross the border into Syria with forged documents, had refused to give him the elder daughter and was looking for opportunities not to return to Russia.

    SARATOV (Sputnik) — Ukhanov also asked Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov for assistance in returning kids back home. "We ask him (Kadyrov) to interfere and help at least the kids to return home," he said.

    "During the weekend, Svetlana seemed to have agreed to give the child (her eldest daughter), but today she says she does not agree, she will hire lawyers to decide which country she should go to because she is in danger," Sergei Ukhanov said by phone from Turkey, adding there was no reaction from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

    On Thursday, acting spokesman of the Russian Embassy in Ankara Alexander Leshukov told Sputnik that the diplomatic mission applied to the competent authorities of Turkey with a request to inform whether Russia's Saratov Region resident Svetlana Ukhanova, her two children and partner Evgeny Kochaari are in the country. On Friday, the RT broadcaster reported that they had been detained in Turkey during an attempt to cross the border between into Syria with forged documents. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said last week that both the ministry and the Russian Embassy in Turkey would follow the development of the situation.


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