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Azerbaijan's 'Black January'

It's 25 years since "Black January," what Azerbaijan calls the time when Soviet troops killed more than 200 people in a bloody but doomed attempt to save the Soviet Union. Thousands of people were arrested and local TV transmitters were blown up. But the crackdown only strengthened the local independence movement, and the following year Azerbaijan became a sovereign state.

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Lucie Steinzova

Lucie Steinzova is the photo editor for RFE/RL.