A man passes by police officers standing guard near the Turkish embassy in Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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Four months after President Vladimir Putin accused Ankara of a "stab in the back," Turkish business executives in Russia are getting used to saying hasty goodbyes.Before the plane was brought down, about 1,500 Turkish firms operated in Russia in businesses ranging from construction and tourism to imports of Turkish fruit, vegetables and textiles.While no numbers are available, one of the expatriates estimated that around 200 Turkish firms have since left. Turkish exports to Russia fell to around $108 million in January, according to the Turkish statistics service, down two-thirds on the previous year.The sanctions include a ban on Russian firms importing a range of Turkish foodstuffs as well as canceling a visa-free regime and restricting Turkish firms from working in certain Russian business sectors including tourism.Dagir Khasavov, managing partner of Moscow-based legal firm Drakonta which has Turkish clients, described the attitude of Russian law enforcement agencies towards Turkish citizens since the downing of the plane as "hostile".One Turkish businessman said he had registered his firm, which serves Russia's metals industry, in the name of a Russian friend to try to avoid problems. Around 80,000 Turkish citizens live in Russia, although not all are involved in business.
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