Missing student from Moscow-based college is in Turkey - source

Mariam Ismailova, a student of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), who went missing after leaving her home three days ago, is most likely in Turkey at the moment, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.

Mariam Ismailova, a student of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), who went missing after leaving her home three days ago, is most likely in Turkey at the moment, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.

"Mariam Ismailova left her home and didn't return at the end of last week. Information collected by now suggests that Ismailova is in Turkey at the moment," he said.

The young woman has recently been carried away by Islamist literature and has frequently visited websites related to Islamic State, the source said.

Ismailova's father has already been able to contact his daughter, he said.

According to earlier news reports, law enforcement agencies were searching for Mariam Ismailova, a student of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, who left her house in the west of Moscow early on June 12, telling her relatives that she was going to the university. Nothing has been heard of her since then.

Academy spokesman Dmitry Sokolov, for his part, confirmed to Interfax that, indeed, they have a second-year student called Mariam Ismailova, but the academy knows nothing of her decision to join IS.

"We have just received this information. We have seen media reports. But, so far, we can only say that, indeed, Mariam Ismailova is a second-year student of the economics department of our Management and Marketing Institute," Sokolov said.

The academy's administration is now verifying reports of the student's possible journey abroad and intends to assess her academic progress, he said.

"No such information has been received so far," Sokolov said.

Ismailova's parents fear that their daughter could follow in the footsteps of Moscow State University student Varvara Karaulova, who was detained when trying to cross the Turkish-Syrian border and was returned to Russia.

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