A group of 27 Russian children whose mothers are held in Iraq to belong to the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), have returned to Russia.
The children landed at Ramenskoye Airport, near Moscow, Sunday.
"27 Russian children have been repatriated from Baghdad," said a Russian foreign minister.
30 other children were sent back to Moscow in late December. 19659005] The fathers of the children had been killed during a three-year battle between ISIL and Iraqi troops, the official said.
Anna Kuznetsova, Russia's Children's Rights Envoy, confirmed the arrivals, according to TASS State News Agency. 1
ISIL seized large swathes of Iraq in lightning 2014 offensive before the government removed the group from city centers and eventually declod inheritance victory in December 2017.
Russian children in Iraq
The Kremlin announced in early January that 115 Russian children under the age of 10, together with eight ages between 11 and 17, were still in Iraq.
Iraq law allows prisoners to be kept with their offspring of the age of three, but older children must live with relatives.
In November, Kheda Saratova, an adviser to Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was "about 2,000" widows and children of Russian ISIL warriors were still in Iraq and neighboring Syria.
About 100 women and children, mainly from the Caucasus republics, have returned to Russia so far.
Nearly 4,500 Russian nationals went abroad to fight "on the side of terrorists," said Russia's FSB domestic intelligence agency last year.
More than 300 people, including 100 foreign women, have been sentenced to death in Iraq to belong to ISIL, while others have been sentenced to life in prison.