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Latest Azerbaijan News

U.S. Lawmaker Talking About Pro-Baku Job

A retiring U.S. congressman is in talks for a job with a group funded by the Azerbaijani government, which has beefed up its lobbying efforts in Washington in recent years. More

U.S. Says Ties With Baku 'Jeopardized' By Crackdown

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski told RFE/RL that Washington is concerned about Azerbaijan's recent crackdown on rights activists and journalists More

Poet Yevtushenko Hospitalized in Russia After Fall

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. More

Around 1,500 people rallied in Baku

Azeri Rally For Political Prisoners

Azerbaijani opposition activists and their supporters urged the government to release political prisoners and end repression at a rally in Baku. More

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Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova's 'Letter Of Hope' For 2015

Award-winning Azerbaijani investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, who hosts a daily program for RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, has been held in pretrial detention in Baku since December 5 after being accused of encouraging a man to commit suicide -- charges that have been broadly condemned as a flagrant attempt to silence her critical voice. More

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Internal Crisis In IS? Four Azerbaijanis Arrested By IS In Raqqa Appear In New Video

The Islamic State group has released a new video showing four Azerbaijani men it says were arrested as part of a “cell of extremists” who had been plotting an armed rebellion in Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria. More

Reports: Azerbaijani Gets 18 Months For Fighting In Syria

An Azerbaijani man found guilty of fighting in Syria has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, according to the pro-government portal More
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Features & Commentary

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

Video Full Transcript: Interview With New EU Enlargement Chief Hahn

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, the EU's new neighborhood and enlargement negotiation commissioner, Johannes Hahn, speaks about his view on the latest developments in Ukraine, the future of the Eastern Partnership and his approach to Belarus and Azerbaijan. In his first extended appearance for international media he also set out his strategy for Western Balkan countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia.

Journalist Group Says Reporters' Killers Almost Never Face Justice

Murdering journalists is one way to keep the public in the dark about criminal activities. It is also virtually risk-free, since worldwide 90 percent of the killers never face justice.

In Many Countries, Distance From Ebola Brings A Sense Of Safety

In many parts of Eurasia, people think they are far enough away from Africa to be safe from Ebola. Is that a false sense of security?

Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azeri Ties

A scholar who consistently promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials reacted angrily at a Columbia University event this week on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR.
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