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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Putin will meet with Erdogan amid mass repression in Turkey

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported about the planned meeting between Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Meanwhile in Turkey continue to be introduced repressive measures which have already affected not only the security forces, but also the intelligentsia.

photo: kremlin.ru

According to Peskov, the meeting will be held in the first week of August on the territory of the Russian Federation, however, the specific time and place remain unknown. Thus a press-the Secretary has denied the information that such a meeting could take place on August 9 in Baku: there, he explained, would be only three leaders of the States of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran.

On the background of the upcoming visit of Erdogan today, Reuters reported that Turkey banned the travel abroad of scientists around the country. This measure caused by the attempted coup that occurred in the night on Saturday, but how are the military and the scientists, the authorities do not explain.

It is only that the exit is prohibited until “further notice.”

Note that scientists were not the only social group fell under the repressive policies of the Turkish authorities. So, work has already lost 30 of 47 governors and district heads, all suspended more than 8 thousand civil servants.

Also in the first hours after the coup was suppressed, it became known about the large-scale purges in the rows of Turkish judges and prosecutors: he has been arrested 600 people detained the same 755. In addition, detained and 6 thousand military.

Read about the purges in Turkey.

Erdogan announced his intention to return the death penalty and, taking advantage of the coup, revoke the license of the media owned by his former colleague, now accused of organizing the coup, the Islamic preacher living in the United States, Fethullah Gulen.

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