An operation against the Gülenist Terror Group's (FETÖ) St.Petersburg establishments, "Oxford Vision" and the "Russian-Turkish Cultural Center," has been launched by the Russian authorities, Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.
During the inspections, which have been conducted since May by the Russian Ministry of Finance into emergency situations and employment and migration at the FETÖ-linked Oxford Vision language school and the Russian-Turkish Culture Center, the authorities identified a large number of violations of the law, the report said.
According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti's news, following the identifications, both institutions received hefty fines. The suspects, one of whom is the founder of the Russian-Turkish Culture Center, Adnan Öztürk, while the other is an instructor at Oxford Vision, Eşref Sarışahin, were detained due to claims that they offered bribes to the authorities that conducted the inspection.
Since 2013, both FETÖ-linked institutions have established their activities in several locations in Russia. Yet, according to the information that AA received from the authorities, both institutions have been dormant for one-and-a-half years, while inspections against the institutions have increased due to denunciations, and numerous irregularities in their activities have been discovered by the Russian authorities.
Authorities further stated that the FETÖ-linked institutions will be shut down with a court order or the institutions will close themselves down.
Turkey has asked countries to close FETÖ-linked schools, colleges and businesses following the attempted coup that left 249 people dead on July 15. The group, led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, has a large network of overseas educational and commercial interests.