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Today, Azerbaijan elects its new parliament.

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Sun, Nov 01 2015 17:07:25

In total 767 candidates registered to compete for 125 seats
Main opposition party Musavat pulled out majority of its candidates
The National Council- boycotting elections and already said it won't recognize election results
The OSCE ODIHR- long time observers of elections in Azerbaijan do not have a mission this year
Here @MuradRustem describes "ballot stuffing" at the precinct number 12, polling stations 30 and 23.
Dairə 21 məntəqə 1 və 2. Karusel üçün gətirilən adamlar #AZvote2015 #monitoring15 #sechki15 #saxtasecki2015 https://t.co/h8eU25Ir56 · Ulviyya Ali
@UlviyyaAli shares pictures of people brought for "carousel voting" - common procedure taking place during elections in Azerbaijan.
32 saylı Suraxanı üçüncü seçki dairəsində məntəqə sədri qutuya topa bülleten atır #AZvote2015 #monitoring15 https://t.co/1vAbIiZG3E · Meydan TV
Independent media outlet @MeydanTV and its team on the ground, share the footage from one of the polling stations in Surakhani where a woman does ballot stuffing.
#azvote15 Voting carousel groups observed at almost every polling stations. Here are some photos. #Azerbaijan https://t.co/D8AhAvSmbm · Necmin Kamil
And we could not do it without humor. Here is a user sharing a meme with Aliyev saying "No! Stay home, we will fill it out yourselves"
Temsili Azerbaycan seçimleri :) #Azerbaijan #AZvote2015 #secim2015 https://t.co/R2tR6kw2yV · MEHMET I.C
more humor came after the voting was officially closed. the "unofficial Ilham Aliyev twitter account" tweeted the following:
And yet while independent observers reporting violations in the first ours of the elections, others like the head of the CIS mission say elections organized well.
According to Central Election Committee some 12.8% of Azerbaijan's voters already voted.
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<![CDATA[Caviar diplomacy works!]]>

Today we saw that caviar diplomacy really works and that political prisoners are just... well an unimportant matter for many outsiders

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Wed, Jan 23 2013 20:49:44

I wonder how each of those who voted down the report would have felt were they in the shoes of Azerbaijani political prisoners.
In the meantime, Twitter was the source for most of the statements made for and against the reports on Azerbaijan
but what matters at the end of the day is caviar won this time...
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<![CDATA[Internet Governance Forum 2012 (#IGF2012)]]>

Having attended the IGF forum myself during this week I thought I put together few stories from local and international press to cover the event.

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Fri, Nov 09 2012 14:43:15

Of course, it could not be without drama every time there is a conference, event, report published on Azerbaijan that doesn't necessarily give a pat on a shoulder of the country's officials. And this week's IGF was no different.
To prove whats already is well known about Azerbaijan statistics were provided
Surprised?! You shouldn't be if you follow Azerbaijan closely and aware of government reactions to statements as Nellie Kroes. And so here are some interesting facts about Azerbaijan's situation with regard to freedom of press.
But the President of Azerbaijan still claims that bloggers act freely in this country.
And yet not everyone agrees.
Its up to you to form your opinion. Just keep in mind that many repressive regimes oppose anti-government statements in many corners of the world and Azerbaijan is no different.
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<![CDATA[Eurovision 2012- what you see and don't see]]>

Azerbaijan, the host of this year's Eurovision is "lighting" everyone's "fire", well... for the visitors the capital of this oil rich country might be an exciting venue full of color and life. But if you really want to see the actual Azerbaijan look only deeper...

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Fri, Nov 09 2012 14:19:48

Deeper inside, there is another fire lighting everyone- Azerbaijani government silent, persistent, and effective way to silent dissent. But in no way this is how the country's top officials view Azerbaijan and despite all the criticisms are trying very hard to cover up their dirty tricks and measures.
But officials can say all they want, the world that reads and knows, is well aware of the reality on the ground. No one is making anything up, perhaps it is time to realize this and take responsibility for the actions committed unjustly against human rights advocates, journalists and many others innocent citizens of this country. A case in point is this recent report released by the Foreign Policy Center and titled "Spotlight on Azerbaijan".

You can also watch the video below that sums of well the behind-the-scenes-Eurovision 2012.
Hypocrisy (qısa film) · dekoltegroup
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<![CDATA[Eurovision 2012- what you see and don't see]]>

Azerbaijan, the host of this year's Eurovision is "lighting" everyone's "fire", well... for the visitors the capital of this oil rich country might be an exciting venue full of color and life. But if you really want to see the actual Azerbaijan look only deeper...

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Mon, May 21 2012 19:52:55

Deeper inside, there is another fire lighting everyone- Azerbaijani government silent, persistent, and effective way to silent dissent. But in no way this is how the country's top officials view Azerbaijan and despite all the criticisms are trying very hard to cover up their dirty tricks and measures.
The story below is a perfect reality check with facts about Baku not reflected in glitzy coverage of Eurovision 2012
But officials can say all they want, the world that reads and knows, is well aware of the reality on the ground. No one is making anything up, perhaps it is time to realize this and take responsibility for the actions committed unjustly against human rights advocates, journalists and many others innocent citizens of this country. A case in point is this recent report released by the Foreign Policy Center and titled "Spotlight on Azerbaijan".

You can also watch the video below that sums of well the behind-the-scenes-Eurovision 2012.
Hypocrisy (qısa film) · dekoltegroup
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<![CDATA[Azerbaijan valuing glitz over human rights]]>

As we get closer to Eurovision 2012 attention over human rights situation in Azerbaijan grows

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Sun, May 06 2012 07:51:10

While international organizations and media keep a spot light over Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host one of the most high budget song contests (Azerbaijan could not resist the temptation of being the highest spender on this contest), the country's human rights record remains on a slippery slope with any kind of developments yet to be seen.
In the meantime Azerbaijani officials consider the situation stable and free.
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<![CDATA[Eurovision in Azerbaijan]]>

This May, Azerbaijan will be hosting its first Eurovision song contest. For those of you who don't know its a useless, politicized, glitzy song competition. Above all Azerbaijan is a country that needs a lot of improvement and flashy song contest is the least of these of the areas in need of that.

Storified by Arzu Geybullayeva · Fri, Mar 23 2012 02:12:25

And this is why...
However in the meantime, this has not really stopped visitors excited about the contest to visit the country.
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