A screengrab from a video in which a prisoner who identified himself as Khasiev speaks from an unknown location.
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In the video, a man in an orange jump suit kneels beside a lake in Syria and confesses in Russian to spying on Daesh (ISIS) militants.Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov quickly denied Khasiev was a spy.But interviews with more than a dozen people who knew Khasiev in Russia suggest the 23-year-old man had connections to both Muslim groups and Russian security and seemed to live a double life.Some of his Chechen friends went off to fight for Islamist militants in the Middle East, and encouraged him to join them.In his other life he associated with non-Muslims, had a friend in the police, and had a license from the Interior Ministry to work as a security guard, according to a former teacher, a friend and staff of several security companies. There, according to friends and family, Khasiev moved in two sets of social circles.In one, he maintained his Chechen identity and stayed in touch with his adoptive family and old friends, including Temiev. Khasiev eventually changed his name officially to Magomed Khasiev by applying for a new passport, according to Viktor Zyzin, a close friend and an ethnic Russian.A Chechen friend of Khasiev told Reuters Grant served in the police.Zyzin said he believed his friend went there to follow Temiev.Zyzin had asked his friend to come home.
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