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Moscow on the Med: A faraway war transforms a Turkish resort town

By Ben Hubbard and Safak Timur

29 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times visits a resort city in southern Turkey to tell the story of how it has turned into an enclave for Russian draft dodgers—and some Ukrainians too.

ANTALYA, Turkey — The ice cream man grappled with how much the war in Ukraine had changed his neighborhood.

So many Russians had moved to Antalya, a resort city in southern Turkey, that local families were being priced out of their homes. Russian coworking spaces, hair salons and other businesses were using signs in Russian to advertise their services.

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