Qafqaz University of Baku Fires Turkish Instructors Over Alleged Gulen Links

Updated: May 1, 2019

On August 16 a university in Azerbaijan fired 50 Turkish educators for alleged links to cleric Fethullah Gulen.


Elmar Qasymov, acting rector of the Caucasus University in Baku, told local media that the fired instructors will have to leave Azerbaijan within two weeks.


Qafqaz University was one of the education facilities established in the former Soviet republics by Gulen's Hizmet movement. In late July, however, amid a major crackdown against Gulen supporters, Azerbaijan's State Oil Institute took over the university.


Gulen, who is living in the United States, is accused of ordering the July 15 attempt to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. Gulen vehemently denies the accusation.


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