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Azerbaijan: Eurovision winner Nigar Camal's visa criticism

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Arts & Culture, Development, Ethnicity & Race, Governance, Music, Politics, Travel, Youth

Dissident blogger and journalist Elnur Majidli [1], now living in France and facing arrest in Azerbaijan for his Facebook activity [2], has uploaded a screenshot of a status line apparently written last year by Nigar Camal, one of the two singers who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest [3] in Germany, on the popular social networking site. With concerns already being raised [4] about the less than simple visa application process for the oil-rich former Soviet republic ahead of next year's competition, Camal, now a British citizen, appears to says she was refused an extension for her own visa and commented “what an idiotic country with idiotic laws.” [5]