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GROZNY, September 1. /TASS/. Eight children and four women have been evacuated from Iraq and Syria back to Russia by a plane that landed in Chechnya’s capital Grozny, a TASS correspondent reported on Friday.
"There are twelve people onboard. These are Russians, Tatars, Bashkirs, Chechens and Kazakhs," a spokesman for the Chechen leader in the Middle East and North Africa, Ziyad Sabsabi, said.
Among them is a Chechen woman with three sons, a citizen of Tver with her son and one young woman from Tyumen with her son.
A woman from Kazakhstan with three children is also onboard the plane.
The regional public fund named after Chechnya’s late President Akhmad Kadyrov has provided funding for the mission to bring Russian citizens back home.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov earlier discussed the return of Russian children from Iraq and Syria with Russian children’s rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova. The commissioner said the number of requests to evacuate Russian children from war-torn countries has grown. Earlier reports said more than 350 children were illegally taken from Russia to Iraq and Syria.