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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Detained LifeNews Journalists Released, Now in Grozny, Chechnya
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Marat Saichenko and Marat Sidyakin, a cameraman and journalist for Russia's LifeNews, who were detained by Ukrainian authorities on suspicion of aiding separatist fighters, have been released and flown to Grozny, Chechnya.

Translation: Marat Saichenko and Oleg Sidyakin have been freed. Right now, the journalists are in Grozny.

Their release was overseen by the Chechen dictator, Ramzan Kadyrov, who spread the news via his preferred medium of Instagram. He wrote:

Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko are alive and well. They're in Grozny! Their aeroplane landed at 1:35 at Grozny airport. Now we will drink some tea.

The last line of the Chechen government's announcement says (translation by The Interpreter):

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, had also called for the immediate release of the journalists, noting that it would otherwise be necessary to take drastic measures against their captors' representatives.

Kadyrov has previously threatened to send volunteers to fight against Ukrainian government forces, even offering to travel there himself. There have been a number of claims, denied by Kadyrov, by Ukrainian forces that they have encountered Chechen fighters in the south-east, most recently yesterday, following the ambush at Karlovka.