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Sunset era of Erdogan

As is known, in February of this year, a major scandal erupted in Turkey. Records of the conversations attributed to Prime Minister R. T. Erdogan and his son were in the network. The last entry spread on the Internet is February 27. As expected, the Prime Minister of Turkey talked on the phone with his son Bilyal. Someone Haramzadeler, an anonymist specializing in tweets and YouTube about government corruption, posted a file on the network.

According to the media, the conversation was about taking a bribe from Sytka Ayan. This businessman, who undertook to build a new oil pipeline from Iran, the Turkish Cabinet graciously, but was disinterestedly willing to exempt from taxes. For such a large indulgence, the businessman was ready to hand ten million dollars to the rulers. But R.T. Erdogan (or as if he) told his son that the amount is too small and it is necessary to demand more. Conversation recording has not been refuted.

The announcement in February of the previous recording (a conversation dated December 2013), also concerning corruption, caused the prime minister's anger. He announced a "montage" of attempting to attack himself - "the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey". The publication of that record coincided with the “Big Bribe” anti-corruption police operation in Turkey, during which children of ministers were arrested. The Prime Minister himself added fuel to the flames of the scandal: he dismissed the high-ranking police officers who initiated and carried out the operation.

In the December conversation, Erdogan allegedly asks his son to take millions of euros out of the house. This record was made by Turkish police. Her employees were engaged in tapping for three years - they, on the hook, had, in addition to Erdogan, the president and the head of national intelligence. "First channel" quoted the dialogue of the Turkish Prime Minister and his son Bilal: “They are conducting an operation. 18 man under arrest. I want you to take everything out of the house. Is that clear? ”Then Bilal said:“ We have almost done everything. It remains to resolve the issue with 30 millions of euros. They can not yet be dissolved. Another 25 million dollars has not yet received Ahmet Chalyk. For the rest we can buy an apartment. What do you say? Do you want all the money to disappear, or can you leave something to yourself? ”R.T. Erdogan, in response, says:“ No! It's impossible. Need to get rid of everything! ”

People go to the funeral of a teenager who fell victim to the summer protests in Istanbul and who died after a coma after 9 months. A lot of people. Istanbul, Turkey, 12 March 2014. (Photo AP Photo | Emrah Gurel)

Thousands and thousands of protesters came to say goodbye. (Photo by Ozan Kose | AFP | Getty Images)

In Turkey, the riots began. They continue to this day and are also connected with the upcoming elections. Erdogan responds to them in his easily predictable manner.

He accused anti-government protesters of rioting in order to influence the course of local elections that will be held on March 30. According to Erdogan, the demonstrators are charlatans who have nothing to do with democracy. "Euronews" quotes Erdogan's speech, delivered to those in Ankara, at the opening ceremony of the new metro line: “They say, let's create chaos and, perhaps, then we will get the result. But they cannot get any result. My brothers in Ankara and throughout Turkey will give the right answer to 30 of March. ”

Anti-government demonstrations took place in many cities in Turkey; The police used traditional methods to disperse them: tear gas and water cannons. Two people died: a policeman (died of a heart attack) and an 22-year-old guy who was shot by an unknown person.

This latest wave of protests in Turkey rose, including due to the death of a teenager: 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, wounded during protests in Istanbul last summer (the guy just went to the store for bread and got a bullet in the head), died a few days later long stay in coma.

By the way, earlier the media quoted Erdogan’s statement that he would leave politics if the Justice and Development Party did not win the elections: “I declare directly and openly: if my party is not the first in these elections, I’m ready to leave politics.”

Apparently, will have to leave. Erdogan loses rating. He is not supported in Turkish cities, which boil with anger of protest for several reasons: the corruption scandal described above; former court cases against the military and a number of public figures; power methods of dispersing demonstrators; the death of the said teenager, which caused mass protests in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and other cities. The demonstrators called Erdogan a "murderer." Moreover, the latest protests are supported by the Turkish diaspora in Western Europe (Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Brussels) and in the USA (New York). This time Erdogan said nothing to the crowd: there is nothing for him to say.

The police began to disperse the crowd with water cannons and tear gas. Istanbul, 12 March 2014. (Photo AP Photo | Emrah Gurel)

The scandal has reached the European Parliament. Recently, there was reviewed and adopted a report on Turkey on non-observance of the principle of freedom of speech and the principle of separation of powers in this country. MEPs accused the Erdogan government of ineffective investigation of a corruption scandal.

What astonishing people are these MEPs! How can a prime minister encourage an “effective” corruption investigation in a case involving himself?

As for the fall of confidence in Erdogan in Turkish society due to court cases against the military and a number of public figures (the Ergenekon case), the prime minister took some measures before the elections. 10 March Thirteen were sentenced from prison, and earlier, 7 March, the authorities released the former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug, who was given a life sentence, accusing a high-ranking military man in preparing a coup d'état. In total in mass media write about the justification of 21 of the person.

However, having freed several people, Erdogan is tightening the screws on the other hand, which the city residents do not like very much. As transmits "BBC", the Turkish Prime Minister threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in the country because the opposition uses social networks to attack the government, including the prime minister. “We will not leave our people at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook,” Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish television channel ATV. “We will take the necessary, serious measures.” On the question of whether these measures include banning sites, he answered unequivocally: “Include”. "BBC" reminds that it was on "YouTube" previously appeared a record of a telephone conversation in which Erdogan and his son discuss how to get rid of millions. The prime minister called the audio recording a montage, but did not deny that the voice on the recording belonged to him.

Tear gas fires at anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul, March 12 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Murad Sezer)

The BBC correspondent also recalls that last month the Turkish parliament passed a law allowing the authorities to block websites without a prior court decision. The new law has provoked violent protests in Istanbul. Of course, they were dispersed by the police: batons, water cannons ...

The results of all this authoritarian activity of R. T. Erdogan and the corruption scandal: the Prime Minister lost his popularity not only among the Turkish urban population, but also in his own party. Many of its members no longer trust Erdogan.

Alexander Sotnichenko, famous expert on Turkey, on the portal "Kavpolit" gave valuable advice to Erdogan:

“In any case, Turkey will have a very difficult year, perhaps the most difficult year in its entirety. history last decades. Let's hope that Turkish politicians will show wisdom and will not plunge the country into the abyss of bloody civil confrontation like their colleagues from neighboring Arab and post-Soviet countries. The country needs national reconciliation, the first step towards which, in our opinion, must be taken by the Turkish leadership itself. This reconciliation must begin with the public repentance of the leaders for the obvious crimes committed, the voluntary extradition of suspects and the organization of an open trial against them. <...> RT Erdogan ... needs to accomplish the impossible for man, but possible with the help of God - to abandon the ambitions of the caliph and the autocratic sultan and at least for a short while become a humble dervish. Distribute gold to the poor, forgive everyone and invite them as equals for a conciliatory dastarkhan. In the great history of the Ottoman Empire, which is so revered by the believers of the Turks, there were many such examples. … Dzhelyaluddin Rumi twice in his life renounced earthly goods and completely cast his fate into the hands of Almighty Allah. That is why he became the very Rumi, and not the unknown rich and successful rector of the madrasah of the medieval state that had left us forever. The prime minister needs to take this step at least once. "

However, judging by how R.T. Erdogan authoritatively behaves, he is no longer in a position to refuse the "ambitions of the Caliph and the autocratic sultan". I'm used to ...

Shooting at the guardians of the order by fireworks, Istanbul 12 March 2014. (Photo by Ozan Kose | AFP | Getty Images)

A familiar subject is a cobblestone, so beloved by nationalist fighters from Maidan. (Photo AP Photo | Emrah Gurel)
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  1. shinobi
    shinobi 15 March 2014 08: 46
    Yes, the current Erdogan is not Yanukovych.
    1. Name
      Name 15 March 2014 08: 52
      Quote: shinobi
      Yes, the current Erdogan is not Yanukovych.

      The screenwriter is one, the "theater and actors" are different. hi
      1. SkiF_RnD
        SkiF_RnD 15 March 2014 10: 08
        Yes, it is worth the country go against the United States clearly and decisively, and inside it begins to crumble. Is it worth it after that to listen to people saying that we Russians accuse the USA undeservedly? Yes, the problems are not invented, but there are contradictions in the USA itself, and in general in any country. But exactly where the States need it, the contradictions turn into a storm and destroy the existing system. When the time is right and the Americans will taste it? Just not war, not reconciliation, not some other denouement. The United States must certainly perish as a result of civil unrest and rebellion. It will be a good ending.
        1. Name
          Name 15 March 2014 10: 18
          Quote: SkiF_RnD
          but there are contradictions in the USA itself, and in general in any country.

          There are no contradictions for them,-MANAGED CHAOS,this is what they seek in the USA... until the whole world is stable MONEY NEEDS TO INVEST IN THE U.S. ECONOMY(it’s calm there, as well.)HERE AND ALL "American style of democracy. hi
          1. tomket
            tomket 15 March 2014 12: 29
            it’s not even the Obama administration’s fault, there are other players in the USA who can play their own game in order to create a confrontation anywhere in the world, and then orders for military industrial corporations will go, and the lured generals will receive new stars, and another Hillary will be able to PR, telling how she negotiated under the bullets of snipers, and so on and so forth, nothing has changed since Vietnam ..... The war as a way of life .....
      2. Iron Mike
        Iron Mike 15 March 2014 14: 02
        Backstage around the world places ABSOLUTELY obedient leaders of states. Even if some prezik of the country was loyal to America, but not enough, then it is removed if it does not lend itself to re-education. And they do not need stability in the world.
      3. The comment was deleted.
      4. Myth
        Myth 15 March 2014 15: 51
        Torn from the tongue, beautiful, plus.
    2. _Forgiven_
      _Forgiven_ 15 March 2014 13: 21
      Not important. Anyway, he fell into the pit, which he was digging with his generous allies of Syria. The boy was recognized, he played with the rulers and got a serious exhaust
    3. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 15 March 2014 13: 26
      Where does Europe look. People with fittings and bats. and even in helmets - these are peaceful demonstrators (in Ukraine), and people with transporters and flags (in Turkey) are conspirators and hooligans ... "democracy" in the American way!
    4. Very smart
      Very smart 15 March 2014 22: 17
      Edorgan, of course, is not Yanukovych, but his grandmothers are dear to him! And the people are tired of it for the most ... "do not spoil"! Moreover, it "leaked". And it is very likely that new "Maidanists" will come to power under the cover of another clan of oligarchs who saw the budget in their pocket! And the people are suffering. True, there are fewer corpses in Turkey, but this is so far ... And there are many more options for falling apart in autonomies than in Ukraine - both the Kurds and the Iranians, etc.
    5. Grifan
      Grifan 15 March 2014 22: 44
      Yanukovych has a Russian Federation for a temporary retreat, Erdogon has a pistol with one cartridge ...
      1. Nikolay74
        Nikolay74 16 March 2014 15: 45
        Yeah, they’ll freeze the accounts, and everything accumulated by overwork ... fellow
      2. SkiF_RnD
        SkiF_RnD 19 March 2014 15: 51
        Our Erdogan will definitely yes The head of state of NATO, and even at the time of the crisis between Turkey and the United States, is a good card in the hands of Russia.
  2. awg75
    awg75 15 March 2014 08: 46
    Erdogan should really think - are he friends from gay America, how they shout about it, or the usual petty shit ....
    1. avt
      avt 15 March 2014 09: 22
      Quote: awg75
      Yes, the current Erdogan is not Yanukovych.

      It is a fact .
      Quote: name
      The screenwriter is one, the "theater and actors" are different

      It looks like they are specifically punishing Syria. It can be assumed that the weakening of Turkey as a regional player was planned through the exsanguination of the country in the war and the subsequent rivalry with radical Islamists. But Erdogan stopped in time, and even sometimes snapped at the Islamists. And this is already a concrete disobedience to the Fashington Regional Committee, they did not leave this without punishment and included a revolutionary scenario, I don’t know what kind of revolution. Shish kebabova, I don’t remember. . He created such a Turkish, network, Islamic sect. A kind of mutual aid fund named "Mavrodi" or "Herbalife" Very influential in Turkey and he should take people to the streets under the guise of "free expression of a feymbuk and YouTube" but two fingers ... and you will not find the ends - he will easily jump out as a savior in chocolate, or appoint someone.
      1. Name
        Name 15 March 2014 13: 37
        Quote: avt
        It seems specifically punished for Syria

        Who knows, who knows ... However, the Middle East should not be forgotten, but everything is not so simple for Amers there:The situation in the Persian Gulf after the recall of the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain from Doha and the growing crisis in the GCC, continues to escalate. Now the United States is scattering its forces: after all, it needs to simultaneously withdraw troops from Afghanistan, prevent the collapse of the situation in Iraq, maintain the tension of the civil conflict in Syria, exert pressure on Iran under the nuclear program, and Ukraine, and the DPRK ... This is what the desire leads to retain the role of the global “gendarme”, although the strengths are not the same, but the ambitions remain the same. Kirdyk comes however the USA ...
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    3. siberalt
      siberalt 15 March 2014 09: 41
      Erdogan is not America's friend at all. He is radical. He spoke about leaving NATO. But "zadolbal", in general, the secular Turks, Islamization. There would be a reason, but the directors will be found. The script and authorship are known.
      1. I read the news
        I read the news 15 March 2014 14: 27
        Yanukovych was just as annoyed as a "corrupt official". Didn't obey the commands.
  3. mountain
    mountain 15 March 2014 09: 19
    Yes, it seems that not only Erdogan’s era is over, it remains only to observe the insight of the WORLD.
  4. Jurkovs
    Jurkovs 15 March 2014 09: 25
    This is where Obama should be afraid that Turkey will not leave its zone of influence.
    1. 0255
      0255 15 March 2014 12: 56
      Quote: Jurkovs
      This is where Obama should be afraid that Turkey will not leave its zone of influence.

      judging by the photo in the article, Obama has already taken action ...
  5. Gagarin
    Gagarin 15 March 2014 09: 30
    A familiar picture, everything repeats, but Erdogan has no Sevastopol and Crimea.
  6. Sergg
    Sergg 15 March 2014 09: 47
    In Turkey, the directors of the riots are different, since the actions are not directed towards Russia, here it is rather a weakening of NATO's positions in the Middle East.
    Ukraine is a declared war of Russia and the directors of the orange revolutions are more paid and cynical here.
    1. Vita_vko
      Vita_vko 15 March 2014 10: 15
      Turkey actually supported the actions of Russia in South Ossetia, for a long time to have tense relations with Israel, and now Erdogan has generally taken a peaceful and constructive position with respect to the Crimean Tatars, in which the United States and Bandera made the main bet on destabilizing Crimea, + the desire to join the CU . Such a CIA does not forgive.
      1. Leopold s
        Leopold s 16 March 2014 16: 21
        The fact remains. He is a thief
        1. ayyildiz
          ayyildiz 16 March 2014 22: 55
          Quote: Leopold S
          The fact remains. He is a thief

          Did you see how he steals?
  7. Professor
    Professor 15 March 2014 10: 15
    “We will not leave our people at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook,” Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish ATV. “We will take the necessary, serious measures.” To the question of whether these measures include a ban on sites, he answered unequivocally: "Include."

    By leaps and bounds, the goods of Erdogan are moving away from their dream of the European Union.
    1. Name
      Name 15 March 2014 11: 24
      Quote: Professor
      Seven Miles

      However, together. hi , however, RUSSIAN LANGUAGE. repeat
      1. ale-x
        ale-x 18 March 2014 11: 20
        However, the comma was forgotten after "however". hi
    2. APASUS
      APASUS 15 March 2014 16: 15
      Quote: Professor
      By leaps and bounds, the goods of Erdogan are moving away from their dream of the European Union.

      Turkey just had problems and started after Erdogan rebelled, he was simply gently but persistently explained that the EU is an unattainable goal for Turkey.
    3. real
      real 15 March 2014 22: 41
      75% of the Turks polled in a coffin saw the European Union ....
    4. Leopold s
      Leopold s 16 March 2014 16: 23
      So Turkey will reach the Syrian scenario
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 16 March 2014 22: 00
        Quote: Leopold S
        So Turkey will reach the Syrian scenario

        It won’t reach. In Turkey there is an army, which is practically the guarantor of the constitution. Even if something happens, the military will simply take power into their own hands.
    5. ayyildiz
      ayyildiz 16 March 2014 22: 57
      Quote: Professor
      By leaps and bounds, the goods of Erdogan are moving away from their dream of the European Union.

      He told Esli to be needed! So far, no one is banning anything!
  8. Nikich
    Nikich 15 March 2014 10: 17
    Quote: Jurkovs
    This is where Obama should be afraid that Turkey will not leave its zone of influence.

    Well, I don’t know, but maybe Erdogan opposed the USA? His talks with Putin and position on Syria.
    He didn’t declare war
  9. 120352
    120352 15 March 2014 10: 39
    Erdogan is known as an Islamist for the fact that he began to slowly curtail the achievements of the period of the rule of Gamal Attaturk and his followers, who brought Turkey closer to Europe and actively destroyed the Islamic medieval savagery in his country. One of his first "events" - the "Revolution of Hats", which banned the wearing of fez, veils and other exotic things, instilled European clothing for men and women. He also banned and very harshly dispersed all harems, banned the sale of brides (kalym). He created an education system, adapted the culture of Turkey to European culture. "Love Marriages" became possible. Boys and girls were able to walk the streets together and even kiss. R. Erdogan began to prohibit all this and began to revive the long-dead traditions. The people did not accept this. Business did not accept this either, since with his arrival the number of tourists from civilized countries began to noticeably decrease. In addition, he was spotted on corruption, which simply could not have happened under Attaturk. These are internal reasons. Perhaps, well-known forces from the United States tried to play on this. But so far their efforts are not visible.
    1. Alexandr0id
      Alexandr0id 16 March 2014 04: 18
      sometimes it's better to chew than talk
  10. parus2nik
    parus2nik 15 March 2014 10: 51
    Anti-government demonstrations were held in many cities in Turkey; To disperse them, the police used traditional methods: tear gas and water cannons.
    This is not democratic! Why the US and Europe do not demand the resignation of Erdogan? Do not feed the protesters pies .. smile
  11. TS3sta3
    TS3sta3 15 March 2014 11: 29
    Turkey also has its own "Crimea"
    1. Sandov
      Sandov 16 March 2014 18: 26
      Quote: TS3sta3
      Turkey also has its own "Crimea"

      And this is Kurdistan. All according to the scenario of amers. Kiev does not remind?
      1. ayyildiz
        ayyildiz 16 March 2014 22: 59
        Northern Cyprus!
  12. Mature Hrych
    Mature Hrych 15 March 2014 11: 35
    Turkey, America, Europe ...... and the gas mask is that of a Dude of Sovdepovsky. Here was a great country, everyone was afraid and trembled. ..... What a legacy they left, we still use it. even muzzles and those Soviet.
  13. RUSS
    RUSS 15 March 2014 13: 33
    Riot police began to disperse the crowd with water cannons and tear gas. Istanbul, March 12, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Emrah Gurel)

    What else riot police in Turkey ??? wassat
  14. Iron Mike
    Iron Mike 15 March 2014 14: 08
    According to the prophecies of the elders (for example, Paisius of Athos), Turkey in the global war will be conquered by Russia and presented to Greece. Constantinople will be ours. A third of the Turks will be killed, a third will convert to Orthodoxy, a third will be driven into the reservation. Turkey, as a country will not exist at all, they are being seized.
    1. I think so
      I think so 15 March 2014 20: 21
      They would have lived better about Russia ... as if they themselves wouldn’t be on the reservations ... Ukraine was lost ... Crimea is very little comfort compared to the disaster in Ukraine ...
      1. Grifan
        Grifan 15 March 2014 22: 46
        Hehe, have you lost Ukraine? This is just the beginning wink
      2. Sandov
        Sandov 16 March 2014 18: 29
        Quote: I think so
        They would have lived better about Russia ... as if they themselves wouldn’t be on the reservations ... Ukraine was lost ... Crimea is very little comfort compared to the disaster in Ukraine ...

        And we worry about Turkey and about Ukraine, well, we are such a people, the soul hurts for everyone.
  15. valokordin
    valokordin 15 March 2014 14: 24
    Erdogan did not spit in the well, from which he is now trying to get drunk, however, he is not sure that after his displacement we will feel better.
  16. Black
    Black 15 March 2014 15: 55
    Erdogan will have the intelligence, the strength, the determination, and the support of the common people to sweep this "sharovarny Maidan".
    Turkey over the past 10 years is experiencing an incredible rise in the standard of living of the people. And they understand that very well there.
    py.s. These fools, I hope, will push Turkey even more towards Russia.
    1. real
      real 15 March 2014 22: 47
      In terms of economic growth, Turkey is second only to China!
  17. La-5
    La-5 15 March 2014 16: 42
    Cobblestone weapons of the proletariat. :)
  18. razved
    razved 15 March 2014 17: 02
    The states are clearly hindered by a stable and strong Turkey, especially if it is trying to be an independent player.
    1. real
      real 15 March 2014 22: 53
      Recently a US destroyer "ran aground" in a Turkish port, where ships dozens of times larger than destroyers dock !!! The destroyer entot entered the Black Sea during the Ukrainian events !! Americans, along the way, are taking revenge on the Turks ... And not only for this, before that Turkey was going to buy Chinese air defense systems, not "patriots" ... Turks observers in the SCO, they ask for the Customs Union ...
  19. Dezinto
    Dezinto 15 March 2014 19: 38
    lyayaya .... what it all there reminds the beginning in Kiev, .... not that mattress mattresses on two fronts were upset ?? hm?
  20. CAFNS
    CAFNS 15 March 2014 22: 57
    and what will be
  21. CAFNS
    CAFNS 15 March 2014 22: 58
    oh well turks! old feud hammer
  22. CAFNS
    CAFNS 15 March 2014 23: 10
    I’m off topic, but still, to be honest and taking into account, I believe that they will not invent a radically new one, however, there is still a chance of the best possible solution available, in other words, it’s rather difficult to analyze since there is probably a mistake in the judgment of any person due to lack of information on this topic because it is hidden from the public and in the end it will not give anything as mentioned above.
  23. tupolev-95
    tupolev-95 16 March 2014 10: 38
    Something our Azerbaijani visitors to the site are silent. Not that, but "I am tormented by vague doubts."
    1. ayyildiz
      ayyildiz 16 March 2014 13: 47
      It is unlikely that such a big sum of cash was in Erdogan’s house! Explicit nonsense!
      1. Leopold s
        Leopold s 16 March 2014 19: 38
        Have sunk. Why not?
        1. ayyildiz
          ayyildiz 16 March 2014 22: 54
          Who keeps hundreds of millions of dollars at home at this time!
  24. EvigKrig
    EvigKrig 16 March 2014 10: 43
    Ay ay ay, and then these damned Yankees gave a shit in honest Erdogan's pants. Ay ay ay and all these rebels, as always, want to overthrow the legitimate government chosen by the will of the "majority"
  25. demoniac1666
    demoniac1666 16 March 2014 10: 48
    It is necessary to offer the Turks a Customs Union, since they are not accepted into the EU. It was a strong move. True, there are several "BUT": a NATO member, agreements with the EU, and it is somehow awkward for Syria ...
  26. v53993
    v53993 16 March 2014 20: 42
    Erdogan is almost our Vova, everything is going according to plan ...
  27. KOSMOS
    KOSMOS 17 March 2014 11: 06
    Reason found! Further on the thumb ..... Somewhere I saw it!