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JOURNALIST FINALLY AVOIDS EXTRADITION TO AZERBAIJAN

A journalist in Ukraine under threat of extradition to Azerbaijan is said to have returned home to the Netherlands. On 17 April, Azerbaijani journalist and political emigre Ganimat Zahid posted on Fac...

FOR MANY AZERBAIJANI VOTERS, THE ONLY CHOICE IS TO LAUGH

Durna Safarova Apr 10, 2018 Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential election. The outcome of the vote is already known: President Ilham Aliyev will be reelected. But seven ot...

FIVE REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT AZERBAIJAN’S UNREMARKABLE ELECTION

Giorgi Lomsadze Apr 13, 2018 Azerbaijan’s presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with an 86 percent landslide, w...

ELECTION GOES ON WITH MASSIVE VOTER FROUD

5:05 pm According to the Information Center of the Central Election Commission (CEC), by 3:00 pm today 60.74% of all registered voters in Azerbaijan had cast a ballot, or about 3.2 million people. The...

ALIYEV PREFERS POP STARS TO DEMOCRACY

RULE ONE of the Dictator’s Handbook: Allow no one else to seriously challenge you in an election. Rule Two: Spend enough of your nation’s treasure to lure a popular Western entertainer to distract fro...

AZERBAIJAN’S ELECTION IS A FARCE

This article was originally published by foreignpolicy.com In the past few weeks, first in Russia and then in Egypt, leaders have used so-called elections to provide a patina of legitimacy for their g...

AZERBAIJAN’s PRESIDENT LOVES INAUGURATING THINGS

This week, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev is seeking a fourth term in office, having originally won election in 2003 to succeed his long-ruling father. Thanks to recent constitutional changes, his...

WRONGLY JAILED JOURNALIST RELEASED

There was rare good news from Baku today – Azerbaijan’s supreme court partially reversed the conviction of a journalist, Aziz Orujov, and released him on a suspended three-year sentence. Granted, he s...

AZERBAIJAN GOES TO THE POLLS AMID MUZZLED MEDIA AND BLOCKED WEBSITES

When it comes to silencing critics, Azerbaijani authorities have been industrious and methodical. Ahead of snap presidential elections scheduled for April 11, potential opposition candidates have been...

ALIYEV: ‘I had no sleepless NIGHTS’

‘It’s hard to remember something that would be so worrisome that you would need sleepless nights. You know, I cannot remember such special difficulties,’ said President Ilham Aliyev ...