Azerbaijan: The Big Picture

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on the referendum to be held in March to remove the presidential two-term restriction and questions whether the legal procedures ahead of the vote have been adhered to by the authorities. In a second post the same blog details the arrest of a group of teenage boys in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan for cutting a power line to a government building. After being beaten by police and having their heads shaved, one of the boy's parents was placed in a psychiatric institution and the blog wonders if Azerbaijan can be considered a democracy.

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