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Turkish ministry denounces Russian press claims on Savarona

ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 10/13/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The Turkish Foreign Ministry does not approve of the speculation surrounding Kazakhstan's foreign minister in the ongoing Savarona case.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry does not approve of the speculation surrounding Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev in an investigation into an alleged prostitution on the yacht Savarona, a ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

It was “surprising” to see Saudabayev’s name in “groundless” reports by the Russian press, said Selçuk Ünal. “Citing Minister Saudabayev’s name with this investigation is deliberate and sinister.”

One of the six persons found on board the Savarona, the historic yacht belonging to modern Turkish founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was reported to be Kazakhstan’s foreign minister.

The identity of the Kazakh minister, who is also the chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, had been kept secret due to his diplomatic passport, according to the Russian press, which said that after some formalities between Kazakh and Turkish authorities, he was released and sent to his country on a private jet.

The Kazakh prime minister’s advisor, Bircan Murataliev Ravshanovich, were also said to have been present on the yacht.

The Russian press also reported that the executive director of Vogue Magazine Russia, Ekaterina Muhina, was also suspected to have been on the yacht and to have been the person who provided the underage girls for the businessmen and diplomats on board.

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