All Turkish scientists were banned from leaving Turkey

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Turkish scientists were banned from leaving the country until further notice. The ban followed a failed military coup, which caused a large-scale purge in state institutions.

The ban, introduced by the Higher Education Council, was announced the next day after the same Council called for 1,577 Turkish universities deans to resign. Licenses of 21,000 teachers in private schools were revoked.

These events followed the military coup attempt that took place at the night of July 16th. Military attempted to seize power in the country, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan managed to keep the situation under control. 265 people were killed in the clashes between the rebels and supporters of the current government.

Turkish authorities consider Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the United States for many years, as the instigator of the coup. On July 19 Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey sent a request to the U.S. for the extradition of Gulen. Washington said that they have not received the request so far.

Source: RBC