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North Caucasus Men In Syria Face Different Fates On Russia Return

The Russian media published two very different reports this week about Russian citizens who returned home allegedly after fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Interfax reported that a military court sentenced a Kabardino-Balkaria man to 14 years in prison for terror offenses.

Akhmat Ulbashev spent three weeks in an “IS training camp” in Syria in November 2013 before returning home to join a militant group, the report said.

Meanwhile, LifeNews reported that Russian intelligence helped a 27-year-old Chechen father of three, Magomed Shamayev, escape from IS in Syria, where he had spent eight months.