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'Russia Through Turks' Eyes'

One killing and its backdrop of tension and violence
Source: Umit Bektas / Reuters

Monday evening Andrey Karlov, the Russian Federation’s envoy to Turkey, was shot and killed at the opening of a photography exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center in the capital, Ankara. The exhibit was entitled “Russia through Turks’ Eyes.” In a photograph taken of Karlov only moments before his assassination, he stands behind a lectern and, just out of frame and slightly out of focus to his right, is the man the government has accused of being his assassin, the 22-year-old Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas. Neatly dressed

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