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Russia, Pakistan, Others Block UN Access For Press Freedom Group

Russia, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan were among a group of countries that blocked giving United Nations accreditation to the media freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists. More

Armenian Defense Minister Says Nagorno-Karabakh Agreements Being Implemented

Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian said on May 26 that his country’s armed forces and ethnic Armenian separatist fighters in Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nnagorno-Karabakh region have been fulfilling agreements recently reached by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. More

WATCH: RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova says she will keep fighting to clear her name and to support the work of her colleagues in Azerbaijan.

Video Freed RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Vows To Continue Investigations, Shrugs Off Threats

Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova says the Azerbaijani government decided to release her from prison because her detention had become an embarrassment and had failed to frighten other reporters from pursuing stories about high-level corruption. More

Khadija Ismayilova (left) talks to reporters upon her release from prison on May 25.

RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Released From Custody

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova has walked free from an Azerbaijani prison and vowed to keep on working after the Supreme Court reduced her 7 1/2-year prison sentence to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years. More

Freed Opposition Leader Prevented From Leaving Azerbaijan

An Azerbaijani opposition leader who was freed from jail on a presidential clemency in March has not been allowed to leave Azerbaijan. More

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Azerbaijan's Other Political Prisoners

The release of RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova from an Azerbaijani prison has highlighted the plight of numerous other activists and journalists widely considered political prisoners who remain behind bars in the oil-rich former Soviet republic.

Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs well for RFE/RL investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova's appeal this week for prison release. But it's far from certain that President Ilham Aliyev will be swayed by either condemnation or largesse in her particular case.

Video Azerbaijani Activists Say They Were Tortured To Confess To Trumped-Up Drug Charges

Two youth activists in Azerbaijan have accused police in the capital of beating them in an unsuccessful attempt to force them to confess to vandalizing a monument, and then charging the pair with bogus drug offenses when they didn't break.

'Stand Up For The Truth' -- Ismayilova's Words Of Defiance At Press Freedom Award Ceremony

Jailed Azerbaijani investigative Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ismayilova's mother Elmira picked up the award on Khadija's behalf and read out this speech that her daughter had written for the occasion.

'Open Secret': Experts Cast Doubt On Yerevan's Claims Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Many details about the Armenia-backed separatist force in Azerbaijan's territory of Nagorno-Karabakh are murky. The extent of Yerevan's support for separatists who control the territory within Azerbaijan is also a contentious issue. But political, economic, and military ties suggest there is, at least, a relationship of "bilateral synergy."

Explainer: Why The Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis Matters

Reasons to hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire announced on April 5 holds include pipelines and military alliances.

De Waal: Kremlin 'Not Primary Actor' Behind Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Noted Western expert on the Caucasus Thomas de Waal says tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh make the dispute one of the most menacing unresolved conflicts from the Soviet collapse, but he rejects the idea that Moscow is behind recent fighting.

Panama Papers In Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A massive data leak suggests the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan are engaged in shadowy operations to hide wealth abroad, even as they openly condemn the removal of wealth from their countries.
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