How Russia Allowed Homegrown Radicals to Go and Fight in Syria

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing

NOVOSASITLI, Russia (Reuters) – Four years ago, Saadu Sharapudinov was a wanted man in Russia. A member of an outlawed Islamist group, he was hiding in the forests of the North Caucasus, dodging patrols by paramilitary police and plotting a holy war against Moscow.