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Turkey: 'Giving back to the community' - Russian-born candidate runs in Turkish mayoral race02:31

Turkey: 'Giving back to the community' - Russian-born candidate runs in Turkish mayoral race

Turkey, Alanya
January 18, 2019 at 04:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Russian-born woman is running for mayor in the southern Turkish city of Alanya, making her the first Russian-born independent candidate in a Turkish mayoral race.

Originally from Murmansk, Anastasia Petrova Cetinkaya fell in love with the coastal city of Alanya when she moved there in 2010 to work as a development manager.

"It was already during my first week in Alania when I realised that I wanted to live in this city forever and I wanted to participate in its development," Cetinkaya said.

After getting married in Turkey and becoming a Turkish citizen, Cetinkaya decided that she would run for mayor as a way of giving back to the community.

"Here in Turkey it doesn't make any difference where you were born, where you came from, what your name is, if you are a citizen you have the right to elect and to be elected," she said.

Local elections are due to be held on March 31, 2019.

Turkey: 'Giving back to the community' - Russian-born candidate runs in Turkish mayoral race02:31
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A Russian-born woman is running for mayor in the southern Turkish city of Alanya, making her the first Russian-born independent candidate in a Turkish mayoral race.

Originally from Murmansk, Anastasia Petrova Cetinkaya fell in love with the coastal city of Alanya when she moved there in 2010 to work as a development manager.

"It was already during my first week in Alania when I realised that I wanted to live in this city forever and I wanted to participate in its development," Cetinkaya said.

After getting married in Turkey and becoming a Turkish citizen, Cetinkaya decided that she would run for mayor as a way of giving back to the community.

"Here in Turkey it doesn't make any difference where you were born, where you came from, what your name is, if you are a citizen you have the right to elect and to be elected," she said.

Local elections are due to be held on March 31, 2019.