Father of missing Russian student leaves for Turkey to bring daughter back

The father of Mariam Ismailova, a student at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Civil Service who went missing three days ago, has departed for Turkey in order to return her to Russia, a source with knowledge on the matter told Interfax.

The father of Mariam Ismailova, a student at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Civil Service who went missing three days ago, has departed for Turkey in order to return her to Russia, a source with knowledge on the matter told Interfax.

"The location of Ismailova, who left home at the end of last week, has been determined. She is currently in Turkey. The girl's father has left [for Turkey] to bring her back," the source told Interfax.

A different source earlier said that the girl has recently shown interest in Islamic literature and has visited websites associated with Islamic State.

According to earlier news reports, law enforcement agencies were searching for Mariam Ismailova, a student of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Civil Service, 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 said that 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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