Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijani-Russian relations have undergone significant change. Consequently, the perception of Russia by ordinary Azerbaijanis has also often changed. Several factors have been influential in defining their perceptions.
The first factor is the Karabakh conflict and Russia’s continued support of Armenia. Despite of its public support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Russia continues to provide arms and other economic assistance to Armenia. Azerbaijanis also perceive the Russian base in Armenia as a major sign of Moscow’s military support. […]