Ismi Aghayev

Ismi has worked as a journalist for over 5 years and is passionate about multimedia journalism. He is interested in peacebuilding and human rights. Ismi speaks five languages and has a particular love for his academic knowledge of Arabic. He thinks volleyball makes him hyper and social, and since these are two of his favourite conditions, he considers volleyball his favourite sport.

Azerbaijan’s carpet king goes to court

By court order, nearly $18 million in assets held by Vidadi Muradov and his relatives have been confiscated.

Erdoğan: Georgian Prime Minister told me Pashinyan asked for dialogue

The apparent incident of shuttle diplomacy seems to be the latest development of a recent thaw between Turkey and Armenia.

Journalist chains himself to Prosecutors’ gate in Azerbaijan

Avaz Hafizli said he was protesting the inaction of the Prosecutor General after homophobic incitement by popular Instagrammer Sevinj Huseynova.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange prisoners

Two Armenian soldiers captured near the southern border were exchanged for an Azerbaijani soldier who entered a house in Martakert.

Instagram star in Azerbaijan repeats call to ‘remove’ trans people from country

This is not the first time Huseynova appears to have incited violence against transgender people on her Instagram account. 

Azerbaijan pursues doctors selling fake COVID-19 passports

Azerbaijani authorities have uncovered several instances of doctors and other individuals selling fake or fraudulent vaccination certificates.

Baku court throws out case contesting President's blocking of accounts on social media

The Sabail District Court in Baku refused to consider a lawsuit filed by activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev.

After alleged killing, transgender protesters rally in Baku

The protesters have connected incendiary and transphobic statements by a popular Instagram blogger with the death. 

Azerbaijani experts debate causes of recent escalation

Some point the finger at Russia, others at Armenia, and still others at Azerbaijan itself. 

Constitutional change does not dampen Azerbaijan's Ashura commemorations

Ashura was commemorated largely without incident despite new constitutional changes to the rights enjoyed by Azerbaijan’s faithful. 

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