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Antigay activists trample on a rainbow flag during a protest by gay-rights activists in Moscow in 2013.

Russia: 14 Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In '14

A Moscow-based think tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism says 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of the year. More

Anar Mammadli is serving a 5 1/2 year jail sentence on charges his supporters say were politically motivated.

PACE Awards Annual Havel Prize To Azerbaijani Activist

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and his counterparts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan pose for a photo during the Caspian summit in Astrakhan.

Putin Optimistic After 4th Caspian Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is hopeful that an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea can be adopted at the next summit of the sea's five littoral states. More

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov

Azerbaijan Criticizes Armenia Over Karabakh Dispute At UN

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has hit back at Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian over the conflict concerning the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. More

Leyla Yunus is a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record.

Azeri Activist Says Beaten In Jail

Lawyers of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus say that their client has been beaten in pretrial detention. More

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Azerbaijani Journalist Fears Arrest As Part Of Continuing Crackdown

Leading Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been told she faces arrest when she returns to her country. Ismayilova has spoken out about the months-long crackdown on independent journalists and human rights activists in the oil-rich country.
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Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan.
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Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company.
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Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out an intense crackdown of civil-society organizations and nonstate media in what Baku says is a bid to stop "foreign forces" from undermining the South Caucasus country. "Apparently it is in Azerbaijan's national interest not to have critical media," says one worried journalist.
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Together A Lifetime, Azeri Activists Now Apart And In Jail

It's been nearly a month since Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband, historian Arif Yunus, were jailed on charges of fraud and antistate activity. The couple's only child, Dinara, talks about her parents' loving relationship -- and the pain of their separation.
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'The Hardest Part Is I Can't See You' -- Azeri Activist's Prison Letter To Jailed Husband

With her health reportedly deteriorating, detained Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus has penned an open letter to her husband -- who himself was arrested and charged with treason shortly after her.
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Amid Karabakh Tensions, Both Armenia And Azerbaijan View Russia Uneasily

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to sit down together in Sochi on August 10 to ease tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh. But both South Caucasus countries are wary of what Moscow's intentions might be.
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Video Man's Death After Mysterious Border Crossing Sparks Row Between Baku, Yerevan

An Armenian man has died in Azerbaijan after crossing the border in mysterious circumstances. The incident has sparked a bitter dispute between the two rival countries.
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Karabakh Fighting Frays Nerves On Both Sides

Days of sometimes fierce exchanges of gunfire have revived fears that the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh could once again explode. RFE/RL's Armenian and Azerbaijani services spoke to people caught in the middle of the fighting.
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Explainer: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

What's behind the recent flare-up in violence around the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh, and what are the chances of a settlement to the long-running dispute -- or an escalation?
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