This May, three top OCCRP editors flew to Ankara to meet a woman they hadn’t seen in years. Khadija Ismayilova is Azerbaijan’s most renowned investigative journalist, a longtime colleague, and a close old friend: practically family. For her pioneering work, she had spent 18 months in prison and five more years under a travel ban. But now she was finally free.Read more “Life in Azerbaijan’s Digital Autocracy: ‘They Want to be in Control of Everything’”
In Azerbaijan, a commotion began because of the backpacks that appeared on sale, which seemed to some frightened buyers to be Armenian-made products.Read more “Panic in Azerbaijan. Attack of Armenian backpacks!”
Mikaela Jav, a well-known DJ, liked to show off for her fans online. In one sultry Facebook photo, she appears in red and white lingerie, channeling a seductive Mrs. Claus.Read more “Azerbaijani Couple, Including President’s Cousin, Owns Properties Worth Millions in London and Ibiza”
April 24 marked the 106th anniversary of the 1915–23 Armenian Genocide, which Ottoman Turkey committed. This genocide resulted in the systematic extermination of around 1.5 million Armenians. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan—with Turkey’s full support—continues its ethnic cleansing of Armenians on their indigenous land in the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in the South Caucasus.Read more “Azerbaijan Tortures, Murders Armenian Prisoners of War”
Its common opinion that Nagorno-Karabakh, is an unsolvable conflict as the two principles of international law contradict themselves: the right to self-determination and the right to territorial integrity.Read more “The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan has nothing in common with Nagorno-Karabakh”
Multiple videos with intimate footage have been disseminated on social media in March.
On March 28, intimate videos of National Council Chair Jamil Hasanli’s daughter, Gunel Hasanli, were shared on social media.
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Facebook has allowed a state-backed harassment campaign targeting independent news outlets and opposition politicians in Azerbaijan to return to its platform, less than six months after it banned the troll network.Read more “‘Facebook isn’t interested in countries like ours’: Azerbaijan troll network returns months after ban”
“We are Artsakh. We exist. Our existence is an undeniable fact, just like your own.
We have an ancient tradition. During baptism, a person receives a name and a small cross on a woven red and white thread. It is a symbol of spiritual birth, a reminder of the obligation to resist evil. Thus, by naming someone we recognize one’s existence.
Today, evil has come to our frontiers. It cuts our roots and destroys our churches, trampling on and denying the very fact of our existence. Evil has no home of its own – it roams in the lowlands of indifference, always ready to strike. Until we are recognized, evil will try to destroy us, certain that no one will notice.
Evil has no place in the highlands of Artsakh. From experience we know that if we retreat, it will fill the space we leave behind, and then, changing its disguise, will knock on everyone’s door. We have accepted the battle and will hold our ground.
Artsakh is Us. We exist. Call us by our name.
From the manifesto of the civil initiative «I RECOGNIZE ARTSAKH»
A VICE investigation reveals how a little-known TV station and large sums of money were part of a lobbying strategy to polish Azerbaijan’s image in Germany.Read more “How an Authoritarian Regime Infiltrated a Government in the Heart of Europe”