(Panorama.am) The arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli fully fits into the logic of Azerbaijan’s authorities to silence any criticism against the regime, Sergey Minasyan, political analyst, Deputy Head of Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, said in an interview with Panorama.am.
“This comes as a part of similar actions which are in fact based on Aliyev’s obsession with clinging onto power at any costs. People, who express anti-Aliyev statements, face problems one way or another. Let’s recall the case of Russian blogger Alexander Lapshin. He was extradited to Baku under the pretext of visiting Artsakh, however the most important thing was that he had dared to speak out against the Aliyev regime,” the political analyst said, adding that Aliyev attempts to stifle the opposition forces both within Azerbaijan and beyond its borders.
In Mr. Minasyan’s words, the case of Afgan Mukhtarli’s arrest has quite unique aspects, starting from the rapid response by the Georgian authorities to the reaction of the international community. However, the expert claimed that this case will not be the last one. Azerbaijan will take repressive measures more frequently due to the new waves of protest in the country amid the deepening socio-economic issues. […]
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