The Turkish government exchanged two Russians accused of murdering a Chechen militant for two Deputy heads of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, who had been kept in unlawful detention in Russia. The information comes from Turkish TV-channel Haberturk sourcing court documentation.
It is said that two citizens of Russia – Aleksandr Smirnov and Yuiry Anisimov – were arrested in Istanbul in April 2016 on suspicion of murdering Chechen militant Abdulwahid Edilgeriev back in November 2015.
The Turkish TV-channel informed that Edilgeriev fought in Syria for a group close to Al-Qaeda and was working for website Kavkaz-tsentr, which is considered extremist in Russia.
It is also noted that Smirnov and Anisimov may be involved in the Russian security services.
Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov were released from detention in Russia on Oct. 25. They were first extradited to Turkey and then arrived in Ukraine. It is believed that the decision to free them had been reached during a meeting between Russian and Turkish presidents.