The President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, stated that 94 children, whose mothers were sentenced to death by the Iraqi authorities, are planning to return to Russia in the near future from Iraq.
“After a short pause connected with the solution of complex legal issues, 94 children will be returned home to Russia. These are the children of women sentenced by the Iraqi authorities for long terms of imprisonment. These children will be brought to Russia in two stages: the first group will consist of 49 people, with 25 of them arriving in June this year,” Kadyrov stated on Telegram.
He explained that all children are under Russian jurisdiction and all necessary documents have been prepared so that they can cross the border.
“The second stage will be the return of the children of Russian citizens born outside the country – there are currently 45 of them. This will be a very difficult process, but we will do everything in our power to ensure that our children grow up in their country, with their relatives.” he continued.
Kadyrov explained that with the Iraqi authorities there is an agreement that Russian-speaking children will not be given up for adoption in Iraqi families. According to him, out of 49 women in Iraq, 21 women were sentenced to life imprisonment, two were sentenced to death, another 26 are awaiting trial.
“We are fighting for each of our little citizens, and neither nationality nor place of birth nor religion is important. Their mothers have stumbled, have gone on the wrong path, been sentenced for long terms and sentenced to life imprisonment, but children are not responsible for the actions of their parents. This is a very sad fact, but such are the laws of this country and I am determined to have these women serve their sentences in Russia,” Kadyrov concluded.