Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied news reports claiming that Chechen residents are fighting in Syria.
"It is a total lie. Chechens are not fighting in Syria. At least, I can confirm it as far as people who actually live in the Chechen Republic are concerned. But as for people like Gelayev and Basayev, they have no Motherland. They lost it a long time ago. The only thing they got is the people's curse," Kadyrov told journalists in Grozny on Thursday.
Websites owned by North Caucasus militants reported earlier that Rustam Gelayev, the son of former Chechen field commander Ruslan Gelayev, had been killed in Syria.
"I would like to stress once again that Russian citizens of Chechen origin are not taking part in the hostilities in Syria on anyone's side. The Western media and, regrettably, some Russian publications are artificially spreading these rumors in order to create the appearance of Russian citizens' involvement in this conflict," the Chechen leader said.
He described the policy Russia has been pursuing in relation to the Syrian issue as correct.
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