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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.

First opposition protest since the war held in Azerbaijan

Around a dozen people protested outside an Azerbaijani prison demanding the release of a Popular Front Party member who is on hunger strike.

Military exercises and a war of words between Iran and Azerbaijan

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appeared to make thinly veiled threats against Azerbaijan.

Police officer allegedly kills wife at police station in Baku 

Ismayil Mammadov reportedly shot his Khanim Mammadova in front of their two young children.

Talysh organisation slams alleged discrimination by Azerbaijani government

The Public Council of the Talysh of Azerbaijan has accused the Azerbaijani government of ‘pursuing a policy of de facto assimilation of the Talysh’.

Azerbaijan marks anniversary of Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev insisted that the question of Nagorno-Karabakh’s status is closed. 

Opinion | Taking stock one year after the war 

OC Media’s Armenia and Azerbaijan correspondents give personal reflections on the anniversary of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. 

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.

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