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Russian embassy in Turkey does not confirm release Russian national

January 15, 17:58 UTC+3 ANKARA
Earlier on Friday, some Russian media reported that the Turkish police had allegedly freed Suleimanov without any charges
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ANKARA, January 15 /TASS/. The Russian embassy in Turkey has not confirmed the release of Russian national Aidar Suleimanov who was detained in the Turkish resort town of Antalya together with two other compatriots, a source at the Russian embassy in Ankara told TASS on Friday.

"There has been no official confirmation that the [Turkish] authorities have set him [Suleimanov] free. We are checking this information," the embassy’s Spokesman Igor Mityakov said. Russia’s General Consul in Antalya Alexander Tolstopyatenko also said there was no official confirmation that Suleimanov had been released.

Earlier on Friday, some Russian media reported that the Turkish police had allegedly freed Suleimanov without any charges.

Turkish police detained Suleimanov, a native of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) who did business in Turkey, and another two Russians in Antalya on suspicion of links to the Islamic State terrorist group, which is banned in Russia.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Suleimanov was put on the federal police wanted list and Interpol’s international police wanted list in 2015 because of involvement in the IS activities. The two Russians detained together with him are still refusing to meet Russian diplomats.

"On August 10, 2015, the Interior Ministry of Tatarstan accused Suleimanov) of involvement in the activities of the Islamic State terrorist group, which is banned in Russia, and recruitment of terrorists for the IS. Interpol put Suleimanov on its international police wanted list on November 25, 2015. Judging from the information we have, Suleimanov left Russia on July 26, 2003. In short, he has left the country. The last time he stayed in its territory was more than 2 years ago. These facts are extremely important for understanding the circumstances of detention of the Russian nationals and their refusal to meet Russian officials," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

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