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Sputnik Turkey: Under the Influence of the Turkish Government

Sputnik Turkey has once again reported on the operational aspects of the assassination of former Ankara Ambassador Andrey Karlov. The headline boldly states, ‘Wife of ‘Confidential Imam’ Linked to Karlov Assassination Apprehended in Istanbul,’ implying a strong connection to the organization ‘FETO.’

In the opening lines of the article, it is conveyed, ‘Seven years after the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, at the hands of FETO member Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a recent police operation in Istanbul led to the arrest of A.S., spouse of Şahin Söğüt, the alleged handler within the organization.’

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However, the Russian version of the Sputnik article conspicuously avoids using the term ‘FETO.’ Instead, the Russian version uses the following phrases:

‘The Turkish media has disclosed that a significant suspect has been apprehended in relation to the operation that led to the tragic killing of Russia’s former Ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, in Istanbul.

Karlov was fatally shot on December 19, 2016, during the inauguration of a photography exhibition in Ankara. The perpetrator of the attack was police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who was subsequently neutralized by security forces. A Haber TV alleges that the detained individual is the spouse of one of the implicated Russian diplomats.

Charges were filed against 28 individuals, including the prominent religious figure Fethullah Gülen, residing in the United States, for orchestrating the assassination of the Russian ambassador. However, these allegations have been refuted.’

Likewise, the report from the RIA Novosti State News Agency echoes similar language found in the Russian version of Sputnik. The report affirms, ‘On Tuesday, the media confirmed the apprehension of a ‘key defendant’ in an Istanbul operation tied to Karlov’s tragic demise. A Haber TV claims that the detained individual is the wife of a Russian diplomat implicated in the murder. Karlov was shot and killed on December 19, 2016, during the inauguration of a photo exhibition in Ankara. The attack was executed by police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who was subsequently neutralized by security forces.'”

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