“North Korea of Azerbaijan”

For more than 26 years, Vasif Talybov has been keeping Nakhchivan in a tight grip.

Those arrested during his reign were subjected to beatings and various tortures. Dissidents were forced into psychiatric hospitals. He also used his power to silence the independent media. Journalists and activists who criticized Talybov’s rule were subjected to pressure and arrests or were forced to leave the country.

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