Turkey arrests Russian woman involved in ambassador Karlov’s murder

Turkey arrests Russian woman involved in ambassador Karlov’s murder
Andrey Karlov Photo: Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Turkey arrested a Russian citizen, who had allegedly been in contact with the murderer of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, reported Hurriet with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies.

Turkish police have arrested 33-year-old Russian citizen Yekaterina B. suspected of having connections with the murderer of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, reported Hurriet with reference to a law enforcement source.

According to the investigation, Mevlut Mert Altintas, who murdered Karlov, had been texting to the woman via WhatsApp. They also maintained telephone contacts until November 2016.

According to the newspaper, the woman worked as a prostitute in Turkey and provided intimate services at Ankara five-star hotels.

‘We are working on it’ was the answer the Russian Foreign Ministry gave to RBC requesting to comment on the reports.

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead late in December. He was opening the exhibition called ‘Russia through Turks’ eyes’ at the Center for Contemporary Art in Ankara. Former policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas shot the diplomat several times in the back. Karlov died of the injuries on the way to hospital. The assassin was killed during a special operation.

In mid-February, Anadolu agency reported that law enforcement officers detained a sixth suspect in the case of Karlov’s murder. Then, it was reported that the initials of the detainee were E.B. and that he was suspected of having telephone contacts with Altyntash. The citizenship of the detainee was withheld.

The Russian Foreign Ministry considered the assassination of the Ambassador an act of terrorism, the UN Security Council came to the same conclusion. Streets in Ankara and Moscow were named after Andrey Karlov. He was awarded the title of Hero of Russia posthumously.

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