Magomed Aligadjiev, the father of Islamist militant Akhmed Aligadjiev, who is believed to be in Syria, points at a mosque near the village of Gimry in Dagestan, Russia, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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Four years ago, Saadu Sharapudinov was a wanted man in Russia.Reuters has identified five other Russian radicals who, relatives and local officials say, also left Russia with direct or indirect help from the authorities and ended up in Syria.The six Russian militants and radicals identified by Reuters all ended up in Syria, most of them fighting with militant groups that Russia now says are its mortal enemies.It added that Russia has opened hundreds of criminal cases relating to Russian citizens fighting in Syria, and that therefore it was "absurd" to believe officials had facilitated the departure of militants from Russia.
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