Tajikistan extradites Russian IS suspect to his homeland


DUSHANBE -- A former Russian soldier who fought in Syria for the "Islamic State" (IS) was extradited from Tajikistan to Russia last week, Tajikistan's Interior Ministry (MVD) told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tajik service Monday (November 20).

"Denis Khisamov was transferred to the Russian side in accordance with international agreements," ministry spokesman Umarjoni Emomali said.

Turkey extradited Khisamov, 34, to Tajikistan because he used a forged Tajik passport to enter Turkey from Syria, the Tajik MVD said October 23.

Khisamov allegedly fought in Syria for IS but returned to Turkey, where authorities arrested him. He was en route to Russia to commit an unspecified crime when Turkish police picked him up, according to Tajik authorities.

Khisamov previously was a captain in the Russian army and an IT specialist, according to Russian media.

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