Turkey returns citizenship to poet Nazim Hikmet
Turkey has returned citizenship posthumously to renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, Sabah quoted Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Chicek as saying.
Chicek said the government's decision to deprive the poet of his citizenship during the Cold War has finally been rescinded. Hikmet was expelled from Turkey after losing his citizenship.
A key figure in Turkish poetry, Hikmet's works have been translated into over 50 languages.
Hikmet was a true friend of Azerbaijan. He visited Baku many times during his lifetime. His poems were also published in the Azeri language.
Hikmet died and was buried in Moscow in 1963.