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Azerbaijani Activist Jailed For Disobeying Police, Family Protests

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Azerbaijani Activist Jailed For Disobeying Police, Family Protests

LANKARAN, Azerbaijan — Police in the southeatern Azerbaijani city of Lankaran have jailed an activist for "disobeying the police," a charge his relatives are calling politically motivated.

Elvin Irsadov, known on Facebook as Umar Ali, was detained on May 18 and sentenced the next day to 16 days in jail, his sister, Aynur Irsadova, told RFE/RL.

According to Irsadova, the 30-year-old Elvin's incarceration was retaliation by the police for his online activities.

She said her brother was threatened by a district policeman in Lankaran for sharing images on Facebook that purportedly show police brutality. The policeman also demanded Irsadov delete the pictures.

The day before his arrest, Irsadov wrote on Facebook that an unknown individual had threatened and insulted him, and later spread false information about him.

In one recent post, Irsadov criticized the government's anti-corruption efforts, saying that the widely announced arrests of officials in the country were in fact just for show and not part of a real fight against corruption.

Critics of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev say the authorities in the energy-rich South Caucasus state frequently jail opposition activists, reporters, human rights defenders, and civil society advocates without grounds in an effort to silence dissent.

Aliyev, who has ruled Azerbaijan since shortly before his father's death in 2003, has rejected the criticism.

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Azerbaijani ‘Barda’ ferry ship repaired and put into operation

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The repair of the Barda ferry ship, which belongs to the transport flotilla of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping (ASCO) at the Zykh Ship Repair and Construction Yard, has been completed, Trend reports citing ASCO.

The body was welded, pipe-laying and electrical work, boiler and waterproof doors were repaired.

Moreover, the mechanical and electrical parts of deck cranes and locomotives have been adjusted.

The surface of the ferry and the carriage deck were cleaned and painted twice. The upholstery of sofas and armchairs were also repaired and replaced. After successfully completing sea trials, the ferry was put into operation.

The length of the Barda ferry is 154.5 meters, the width is 17 meters, and the maximum speed is 13.9 knots. The ferry has a capacity of 54 wagons.

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Azerbaijan reveals data on loans issued to farmers over 11M2020

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Around 5,623 farmers and entrepreneurs received loans and incentives for agriculture from the Agrarian Credit and Development Agency of Azerbaijan from January through November 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture told Trend.

Over 65 million manat ($38.2 million) has been allocated to AKIA agricultural producers.

Of these funds, more than 32 million manat ($18.8 million) were issued as microcredits and loans for other purposes, 33.4 million manat ($19.6 million) as loans to finance agricultural machinery and livestock on favorable terms.

Of the loans issued, 20.6 million manat ($12.1 million) fell on microcredits. More than 2,200 farmers received microcredits.

At the expense of funds of the Agrarian Credit and Development Agency for agricultural lending and development under the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers are issued microcredits at 12 percent, cash loans, loans for agricultural and other purposes at 7 percent.

The state pays 60 percent of the cost of breeding livestock purchased by agricultural producers and 40 percent of the cost of equipment.

During the reporting period, the agency gave farmers more than 75.7 million manat in subsidies for the purchase of equipment and breeding livestock.

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Iran hopes for economic revival of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh – Vice President Jahangiri

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Iran is ready to participate in the restoration of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding areas, Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said, Trend reports citing official website of the First VP.

He made the remark at the 19th meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries.

The vice president stressed that in this regard, Iran can use its economic potential, especially in the area of energy and transit.

“Iran considers the security and stability of the region and neighboring countries as its security and stability, and welcomes the restoration of peace with relation to Nagorno-Karabakh,” he noted.

Jahangiri added that Iran expresses hope that the end of military confrontation in region will be beginning of economic revival.

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