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Russia’s IS families: ‘Why are the children being punished?’

The collapse of the Islamic State group leaves many countries facing a dilemma over what to do with the fighters’ wives and their children.

In Britain, the case of one young woman – Shamima Begum – has sparked fierce debate.

But, unnoticed by many, Russia has been bringing women and children out of Iraq and Syria since 2017.

It’s a major issue for Moscow as it’s thought some 4,000 extremists left Russia to join IS – most of them from the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

Sarah Rainsford went to the southern Russian republic of Dagestan to meet some of them.

Video produced by Matthew Goddard & Will Vernon

Russia’s IS families: ‘Why are the children being punished?’

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