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Osman Kavala’s arrest reveals the worrying Putinisation of Turkey

It is becoming harder and harder to stand up against the tide of oppression in Turkey. It's time for the west to intervene

By Tan Pinar  

Osman Kavala has been detained in Turkey. Photo: PA

First, they came for the Kurds, then for the judges, then for the journalists. Then for those advocating human rights and peace. The trajectory is precipitate, and last week’s indictment of Osman Kavala a reminder of how far Turkey has travelled into the abyss.

Kavala, shaggy and lanky, has lived in the fast lane. In the early 1980s, he was plucked from master studies in New York—he had graduated in economics from Manchester—to take over the family trading company.…

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