When Eldar Mahmudov fell out of favor with Azerbaijan’s government, he fell hard.
Read more “Dethroned Azerbaijani Elites Made Big Investments in Europe”
In October 2015, the country’s national security minister was dismissed from his powerful role by a presidential order. Within days, wild stories peppered local media outlets about raids on his villa, where police discovered glass jars full of diamonds and cardboard boxes stuffed with foreign currency. His ministry associates were reportedly arrested on various charges linked to corruption and extortion, and a statue honoring his late father — a famous economist — was unceremoniously demolished.
I have already raised the question of the opposition and the fact that normal people should unite. But, unfortunately, if the opposition, who do not care about what is happening in Azerbaijan. The main thing for them is to earn money from the troubles of the Azerbaijani people.
Read more ““Musavat” and the fake opposition”
In Azerbaijan, human rights defenders and NGOs have less and less space for activity. In recent years, amendments to laws have been adopted that impose restrictions on the work of human rights defenders and strict state control over it. The arrests of the most famous human rights defenders and the subsequent trials that ended in prison terms show that Azerbaijan is confidently moving towards authoritarianism, apparently taking over from Russia its neglect of civil society.
Read more “Freedom of Speech and Human Rights in Azerbaijan”
Many years have passed since that day as a “hero” and a role model for millions of Azerbaijanis, Ramil Safarov killed an sleeping Armenian officer with an ax at a NATO training camp in Budapest. For this “heroic” act, Safarov should be sitting for life, but was fraudulently bought by Aliyev.
Read more “For the “hero” Safarov – Say a word”
Another try of the best “hackers” from oil rich Azerbaijan!
Read more “Sandman and FineProxy behind the DDOS attacks against timetv.live”
Timetv.live is the latest Azeri news site targeted by Denial of Service attacks. The 21st of March, the website received a Denial of Service attack after the publishing of an article about Mubariz Mansimov, a businessman who has been imprisoned and claims that the arrest was ordered by the head of SOCAR – State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev and his cousin Anar Alizade. This report focuses on the forensics of the attack in an attempt to attribute the attack.
During the past year Qurium has recorded an increase of targeted phishing attacks against against independent media and human rights activists in Azerbaijan. The attacks are launched from infrastructure in the country with total impunity.
The story of Fizza Eydarova, editor of Azadliq.info, is an example of how phishing attacks against regime critical journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan are getting more targeted and sophisticated. Additionally, phishing attacks are being launched from IP space belonging to AzerTelecom, one of the country’s largest Internet provider, with total impunity.
Read more “Targeted sophisticated phishing attacks against dissidents in Azerbaijan is trending”
In Russia – a new scandal involving the detention and expulsion from the country famous video blogger Elvin Isayev. The court ruled that the Russian passports obtained by Isaev in 2001 and in 2014 were not valid.
Read more “Famous Talysh video blogger and Russian citizen sent to Azerbaijan for reprisal”
With the permission of https://www.qurium.org I am posting forensic report about internet blocking in Azerbaijan. This article has a lot of technical details.
Read more “SUS-759: Sandvine and Internet blocking in Azerbaijan”
Once again, Azerbaijan has been ranked 166 in the Reporters without Borders yearly World Press Freedom Index.
The index, which ranks countries’ media situation based off of categories such as pluralism, media independence and abuses, found no positive improvement in Azerbaijan to warrant a vertical movement on the list.
Read more “Azerbaijani Media Remains in a ‘Very Serious Situation’”
A groundbreaking forensic report tracks Azerbaijan’s recent destruction of 89 medieval churches, 5,840 intricate cross-stones, and 22,000 tombstones.
In April 2011, when a US Ambassador traveled to Azerbaijan, on the southwestern edge of the former USSR, he was denied access to the riverside borderland that separates this South Caucasus nation from Iran. But it was not a foreign foe that halted the visit. Instead, his Azerbaijani hosts insisted that the envoy’s planned investigation inside the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan (officially, Naxçıvan Autonomous Republic) could not proceed because it was motivated by fake news. The ambassador had intended to probe the reported destruction of thousands of historical Medieval Christian Armenian artworks and objects at the necropolis of Djulfa in Nakhichevan. This cemetery is recorded to have once boasted the world’s largest collection of khachkars — distinctive Armenian cross-stones. However, according to Azerbaijani officials this reported destruction was a farce, that the site had not been disturbed, because it never existed in the first place. Despite ample testimony to the contrary, Azerbaijan claims that Nakhichevan was never Armenian.
Read more “A Regime Conceals Its Erasure of Indigenous Armenian Culture”