04:47 GMT06 August 2021
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    Most Russian children currently in Syria in Iraq whose parents were swayed by the Daesh terrorist organization (banned in Russia) are from Russia's republics of Dagestan and Chechnya, Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Anna Kuznetsova said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier this month, RT visited children from Russia and neighboring countries that are currently in an orphanage in Baghdad after their parents abandoned them in Mosul following its liberation from the Daesh. The broadcaster's Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan urged her social network followers to share the video to help find the children's relatives. Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov also shared the RT video about the children on his Instagram account.

    "We have created a data base of almost 350 names and addresses, contacts. It covers the whole territory of Russia — Ulyanovsk, Rostov, all the regions that you can think of. Of course, the majority [of children] are residents of Chechnya and Dagestan. As of today, Dagestan's lists account for over 200 [people], this is what has been obtained by the commissioner, but according to unofficial data the number is even higher," Kuznetsova told reporters after a meeting on the issue, participated by Syrian and Iraqi envoys as well as representatives of Dagestan, Chechnya, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the children rights commissioner's office.

    She added that recent return of one of the boys back from an orphanage to his relatives in Chechnya gave hope to other families.

    "In past few days we have received over 30 messages with pictures," Kuznetsova said.

    The Daesh terrorist group took over Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, in June 2014. The operation aimed at liberating the city from terrorists began in October 2016, and the eastern part of the city was liberated from terrorists by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in late January. On July 9, the Iraqi government officially announced that Iraqi security forces finally liberated Mosul.


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