Every saved life is happiness for people who are waiting, worrying, hoping to see their loved ones alive, said State Duma deputy, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Shamsail Saraliyev. In a conversation with a Grozny-inform correspondent, he spoke about the importance of the exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine in the course of a special military operation.
– Shamsail Yunusovich, tell us, what are the advantages and good sides in the exchange of prisoners of war?
First of all, I want to thank the Head of the Chechen Republic, Hero of Russia Ramzan Akhmatovich Kadyrov, who entrusted me with such an important and responsible area of work. I think that the exchange of prisoners of war should be carried out in any case. There are certainly advantages to this. First of all, they consist in the fact that our captured fighters return home, to their relatives and friends. Every saved life is happiness for people who are waiting, worrying, hoping to see their loved ones alive. The sooner we release the prisoners, the better for everyone, including, of course, for themselves, since even one day spent in captivity is much different from the same day spent in custody. Many may also need psychological help, since the fear of the unknown, despair, anxiety, the state of hopelessness and humiliation experienced by people in captivity require subsequent psychological rehabilitation.
Among the prisoners there are seriously wounded fighters who need qualified medical care.
How is the negotiation process going?
Differently. We collect information, systematize, prepare lists of military personnel who are in captivity by name. The fact that a person was captured, we learn from various sources. The Ukrainian side uploads photos, videos, calls the relatives of the fighters. To some extent, it even helps us. Relatives receive information and contact us. A huge number of appeals for the release of prisoners of war come to my name, to the State Duma, we make a set of appeals on our own, draw up lists of prisoners.
If earlier the relatives of the prisoners have already applied to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, it means that the fighters are already included in the lists, if not, then the Ministry of Defense very quickly includes them in the exchange lists. I would like to note the painstaking, well-coordinated and operational activities of the Ministry of Defense, which do their job brilliantly, this is true, I was convinced of this in practice. Thank them very much.
What are the difficulties in organizing the exchange?
For example, prisoners of war must be gathered together from all places where they are, and brought to one specific point. This is quite difficult to do and takes some time.
Are there any specific requirements put forward by the Ukrainian side?
Each of the parties, first of all, wants as many people as possible to return home. And the wounded, and those who are in captivity. Accordingly, everything possible and impossible is being done for this work.
To what extent is the process of the exchange of prisoners of war debugged?
We can say that now the exchange of prisoners of war is being established, and this process is going well. Just recently, we had a big exchange of 107 people for 107, the last exchange was 50 for 50. We will definitely continue this practice. I hope that we will exchange everyone and we will not have such a practice again.
Recall that recently 107 Russian fighters returned alive from Ukrainian captivity, State Duma deputy from the Chechen Republic Shamsail Saraliev said in his telegram channel. Shamsail Saraliyev posted a video from the exchange site and also announced that all released servicemen would be taken to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation.