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Despite Migration To The Cities, Azerbaijani Village Life Goes On

In Soviet times, Azerbaijan's agricultural economy was vibrant, exporting grapes, cotton, tobacco, and dairy products. But the country's agricultural production has declined since the 1990s. Due to high rural unemployment, many people have left the countryside to look for work in the cities, particularly in the capital, Baku. Life in the villages, however, keeps chugging along. RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service photographer Abbas Atilay spent time in villages in Azerbaijan's southeastern tip close to the Iranian border. (15 PHOTOS)