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Azerbaijani Poet Statue Unveiled In Montenegro

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

Azerbaijani poet Huseyn Cavid

Azerbaijani poet Huseyn Cavid

PODGORICA -- A statue of prominent Azerbaijani poet Huseyn Cavid has been unveiled in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica.

Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Yalchin Efendiyev opened the renovated King's Park, which also included the renovation of an adjacent street, renamed Baku Street, and cost several million dollars.

The poet was arrested during Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's purges in the 1930s and died in the gulag in 1941.

The decision to build the statue in Montenegro was made during Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's official trip to Podgorica in March.

Azerbaijan has installed statues in many other countries in recent years, including Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

All of those statues were of Aliyev's predecessor, his father, Heydar Aliyev.

Earlier this year, authorities in Mexico City had to remove an Aliyev monument from the city center after activists protested, saying it honored a man known for his authoritarian rule and human rights abuses.

WATCH: The ceremony was attended by Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and Culture Minister Branislav Micunovic and Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Yalchin Efendiyev spoke.