‘The First Russian To Escape From IS’ Didn’t Actually Fight For IS

Said Mazhayev, a Chechen who returned home after six months fighting in Syria, has been touted in the Russian press as a repentant former Islamic State (IS) militant and expert on the extremist group.

The man labeled the “first Russian to escape from IS” has appeared numerous times on Chechen television and given numerous interviews to the Russian media.

Mazhayev has also toured schools and mosques in Chechnya, warning young people of the dangers that await those who join and fight alongside IS.