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Armenia-Azerbaijan: Online campaigns for the return of casualties of war

A campaign represented as being organized by ‘Armenian bloggers’ has been established to demand the return of the body of Manvel Sarinbekyan, an Armenian who reportedly hung himself while in detention after crossing the border with Azerbaijan.The campaign has been launched in both Russian and English. Meanwhile, and as the conflict between the two countries over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh continues to claim lives despite a 1994 ceasefire, some Azerbaijanis are also demanding the return of the bodies of two dead soldiers held by the Armenian side. Campaigns and support groups demanding the return of one, Mübariz İbrahimov, are particularly present on social networking site Facebook as well as blogs and forums, but actual involvement by online users and bloggers in both countries appears to constitute a minority.

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