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Doğu Perinçek

Born 26 December 1893(1893-12-26)
Gaziantep in Turkiye,
Nationality Turkiye
Political party Workers' Party (Turkey)
Spouse(s) Şule Perinçek
Religion Muslims, later Atheist

Doğu Perinçek (born June 17, 1942 in Gaziantep[1]) is a Turkish politician, leader of the "scientific socialist" Workers' Party (Turkish: İşçi Partisi) which also considered as nationalist, and former chairman of the Workers' Party (Turkey). His first name Doğu means "East" in Turkish.


Personal life

Perinçek was born to Sadık Perinçek of Apçağa, Kemaliye, and Lebibe Olcaytu of Balaban, Darende. Sadık Perinçek was the deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court and parliamentary deputy of the Justice Party (AP); the predecessor of the True Path Party (DYP). although this contradicts Perinçek's self-published genealogy.[2][3] His father was an assistant for the Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court, and later a parliamentarian. Perinçek attended Ankara Sarar primary school, an Atatürk Lycee, and Bahçelievler Deneme high school.[1]

He interrupted his university education to work in Germany, going on to finish Ankara University's Law faculty, and working as an assistant in public law.[1] Perinçek lives in Gayrettepe, Istanbul with his wife Şule Perinçek. They have two daughters, Zeynep and Kiraz, and two sons, Can and Mehmet Bora.[1][4][5]

Legal issues

In 1990, Perinçek was arrested and put in Diyarbakir Prison after the issue of the Law of Censorship and Exile.[6]

Perinçek is notable as being the first person to be convicted by a court of law for denial of the Armenian Genocide. On 9 March 2007, he was found guilty by a Swiss district court of conscious violation of Swiss laws against genocide denial with a racist motivation and was fined CHF 12,000. The case was a result of Perinçek's description of the Armenian genocide as "an international lie" at a demonstration in Lausanne on 25 July 2005.[7] The verdict was confirmed by the Vaud cantonal appeal court on 19 June, and by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland on 12 December 2007.[8] Perinçek announced he will take recourse to the European Court of Human Rights.[9]

On 21 March 2008, Perinçek was detained as part of an investigation into the ultra-nationalist underground organization named Ergenekon. This followed the arrest and detention of 39 suspects in January 2008 during raids targeting Ergenekon.[10]

The investigation's indictment also contains similar allegations, made by the National Intelligence Organization.[11] Upon receiving news of Perinçek's arrest, Russian Eurasianist ideologue Aleksandr Dugin said "this operation against a pro-Russian group in Turkey has shown who our friends and foes are".[12] This prompted allegations that he was affiliated with the group, which he adamantly denied.[13] The investigation is currently underway; the veracity of the claims are yet to be established.


  1. ^ a b c d Biography, personal site (Turkish)
  2. ^ "PERİNÇEK SOYADININ HİKAYESİ" (in Turkish). 2005-10-07. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  4. ^ Arman, Ayşe (2001-06-10). "En yakışıklı bilimsel sosyalist" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved 2008-08-07.  
  5. ^ "Perinçek: Hz. Muhammed büyük devrim lideri" (in Turkish). NTV-MSNBC. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-07.  
  6. ^ Ayik, Zeki (1996-11-26). "Perincek: 'I am the architect of the struggle against the Mafia-Gladio dictatorship'". Turkish Daily News. Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.   See "Who is Perincek?"
  7. ^ "Turkish politician fined over genocide denial". Swissinfo with agencies. 2007-03-09.  
  8. ^ Decision no. 6B_398/2007 (French)
  9. ^ "Genozid an Armeniern anerkannt," AP and SDA via Tages-Anzeiger, 19 December 2007 (German)
  10. ^ "Selçuk, Perinçek and Alemdaroğlu in custody over Ergenekon," Zaman, 21-03-2008.
  11. ^ Kesler, Musa (2008-08-15). "Putin’in adamları Ergenekon dosyasında" (in Turkish). Milliyet. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  12. ^ Bilici, Abdulhamit (2008-04-05). "Only foreign support to Ergenekon". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  13. ^ Akkan, Faruk; Niyazbayev, Yasar (2008-10-29). "‘I support neo-Eurasianism, not Ergenekon,’ says Dugin". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2008-10-30.  

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Leader of the Workers' Party (İP)
Jul 10, 1992–present
Succeeded by

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