Turkey detains Russian journalists for unauthorised filming at drone production facility

Turkish police on Thursday detained two journalists from Russia’s NTV news network on charges of non-authorised documentation of a drone production facility near Istanbul, Birgün newspaper reported.

The two Russian nationals, identified as I.M. and A.P, were taken into police custody together with a Turkish national over filming carried out without a permit at the facilities of Baykar, the country’s leading drone manufacturer, Birgün cited a statement by the Istanbul Governor’s Office as saying.

Turkish officials have launched an investigation into the incident while the detention of the Russian journalists was extended for three days on the orders of the chief prosecutor on Friday.

Turkish aeronautical company Baykar was founded in 1984 and is owned by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s in-laws. The company produces the Bayraktar TB2 drones, which have been used in conflict zones such as Libya and Syria, and most recently in Nagorno-Karabakh.