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Russian-speaking Muslim Exiles Fear Possible Russia-Turkey Thaw

With a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan scheduled for August, anxiety is high among one particular group of asylum seekers in Turkey. Thousands of Russian-speaking Muslims fear a potential improvement in Turkish-Russian ties will affect them directly. They call themselves “Muhajir” – an Arabic term for people who have been exiled from their countries of origin due to their religious beliefs and have sought to settle in...

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