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Turkish president decries 'witch hunt' against Russian artists

Russian businesses and artists in the West have faced a backlash over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Syrian refugees in Turkey have also faced politically motivated violence.
Valery Gergiev

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today criticized hatred against Russians, including artists, in relation to the war in Ukraine. 

“Just as we would not abandon Ukraine, we also do not accept actions akin to a witch-hunt against the Russian people, literature, students or artists,” said Erdogan, as reported by the official Anadolu Agency. 

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