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KARABAKH VILLAGERS WARY OF RETURNING TO SHOWCASE VILLAGE ON FRONTLINE

Elmira Sahakyan’s son was seven days old when war broke out in her village. Artillery shells fell on her house and her family, along with the roughly 200 other families in Talish, was forced to ...

ALIYEV’S SISTER-IN-LAW ELECTED AS THE VP OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

At the general meeting of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), a new Praesidium has been elected, reports Azerbaijan State News Agency. The incumbent head of the Academy of Sciences Aki...

FREEDOM ABROAD, FEAR AT HOME: AZERBAIJANI HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DETAINED FOR 30 DAYS

For Emin Aslan, going back to his native Azerbaijan after completing his studies in the US meant seeing his friends, and marrying his fiancée. As a human rights lawyer, he worried that he might be det...

AZERBAIJAN COURT REJECTS RFE/RL’S APPEAL AGAINST WEBSITE BLOCKAGE

Originally published by RFE/RL A court in Baku has rejected an appeal by RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service against the blockage of its website, azadliq.org, backing a move that has been condemned by ...

AZERBAIJANI DEFENCE MINISTRY DOESN’T COMMENT ON LIBERATION OF VILLAGE IN NAKHCHIVAN

Some details of the operation of units of the Separate Combined-Arms Army in Nakhchivan, which culminated in the capture of two strategic heights, have become known. According to the information distr...

US LOBBYING FIRM LAUNDERS AZERBAIJAN’S REPUTATION — AND GETS ‘LAUNDROMAT’ CASH

This article was originally published by OCCRP Some of the money that passed through the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a secret money laundering scheme and slush fund that saw €2.5 billion (US$ 2.9 billion)...

ALIYEVS’ EMPIRE FLOURISHES WHILE LIVING STANDARDS PLUMMET

A company controlled by the First Daughters expanded its assets rapidly as savings and living standards in Azerbaijan plummeted with the national currency. The massive Azerbaijani company, Pasha Holdi...

Baku’s man in America

Originally published by OCCRP The Azerbaijani Laundromat — a set of intertwined bank accounts used as a slush fund by the country’s elite to buy luxury goods, pay off European politicians, and launder...

IMPATIENT DICTATORS: HOW SNAP ELECTIONS SHORE UP AUTHORITARIANISM IN EURASIA

Originally published by Open Democracy Fatima Movlamlı, an Azerbaijani teenager, is used to seeing Ilham Aliyev, her country’s president, everywhere: on TV, street billboards, on portraits at her scho...

AZERBAIJAN MARKS CENTENNIAL OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC WITH LITTLE FANFARE

One hundred years ago this month, the first secular democracy in the Muslim world was established, the short-lived Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. The republic’s progressive credentials – it was...