The expert commented on the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia
The Turkish authorities have decided to resort to to change the status of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul to rally the masses against the backdrop of economic problems of the country, believes head of the Department of Oriental languages of the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of Russia Aslambek Maslaev.
The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. They will begin on July 24.
Erdogan in a telephone conversation on 13 July gave the President of Russia Vladimir Putin explanation of the decision on the status of Hagia Sophia, noting that there will be guaranteed access for everyone to this monument of culture and preservation of the Christian shrines.
"We need to see what happens in the political life of the country and that forced erdoğan to refer to this lever... I would like to draw attention to the economic component of the internal situation of the country. Is the growth of economic complexities. This year Turkey will have to pay $ 170 billion in external debt and do not know where to take the money. More – severe unemployment in a country that has, according to official information, more than 17 percent," said Mazaev during the round table in MIA "Russia today".
In his opinion, the economic situation in the country is a serious factor, which puts pressure on Erdogan's government.
"The situation requires rallying the masses around the ruling power. As a sharp movement cause sympathy? And we all know that the religious consciousness is the most ancient consciousness. And by using this factor it is possible to stir up what is under the wraps of subsequent events," - said Maslaev.
The analyst noted that this complex of problems and the desire of Erdogan to bring under its political philosophy of neo-Ottomanism certain foundations, led him to refer to that lever.