Russian student planning to join IS detained in Turkey

Moscow State University (MGU) philosophy student Varvara Karaulova, who planned to join the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization, has been detained in Turkey in a joint operation by Interpol and the Turkish authorities, a Russian Interior Ministry spokesman told Interfax.

Moscow State University (MGU) philosophy student Varvara Karaulova, who planned to join the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization, has been detained in Turkey in a joint operation by Interpol and the Turkish authorities, a Russian Interior Ministry spokesman told Interfax.

"Her whereabouts were established as a result of the rapid use of all possibilities available to Interpol and the well-coordinated actions of Turkish and Russian law enforcement agencies," he said.

Karaulova is currently being held at Turkey's National Immigration Agency.

The spokesman also said that the Russian student had been detained in the city of Kilis, south-central Turkey, when trying to cross the Turkish-Syrian border.

Alexander Karabanov, a lawyer for the Karaulov family, told Interfax on June 2 that Karaulova, a second-year student of philosophy at Moscow State University, who was into radical Islam and who went missing five days ago, has been put on the international wanted persons list.

He said the girl went missing on May 27 after she went to the university, but did not show up there. There is information that she is now in Turkey. "there is precise evidence that she was recruited by radical Islamists," Karabanov said.

He did not rule out that the girl could have been issued forged documents in Turkey and could be forcibly held there.

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