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Monster Azerbaijani Flag Is No More...For Now

We blogged yesterday about the unfurling of a huge new flag in Azerbaijan, which sits atop the world's tallest unsupported flagpole.

Well, it did. The flag was damaged by the wind and had to be taken down, which is perhaps no surprise given that some etymologists believe Baku's name originates from the Persian for "wind-pounded city."

The picture was taken by one of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service correspondents this morning.

-- Luke Allnutt

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