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Flags, slogans and fruits: what is causing conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis abroad?

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After the military clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan that suddenly broke out last week, a series of incidents occurred between Armenians and Azerbaijanis living in different countries.

“Apricot War” in Moscow

This is what Russia is calling the conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, which arose at the Moscow Food City market at the end of last week. This market belongs to businessmen from Azerbaijan, God Nisanov and Zarakh Iliev.

On Friday, the market owners forbade Armenian truckers from entering the complex. The Food City administration justified these actions by claiming they were “ensuring security.”

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More than 50 trucks with perishable goods — mainly apricots and cherries — had to be sent to the dump. Some of the products were saved, as they were accepted by other shopping centers in Moscow, for example, the Bukhta market, which belongs to an ethnic Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetyan.

As the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta writes, no trace of the “apricot war” is visible in the market to the naked eye. The only evidence of the consequences of the interethnic conflict is the complete absence of signs in Armenian stores, and no advertising through loudspeakers. Sellers of goods imported from Armenia complain about the sharply falling sales.

Moscow, Food City Market. Photo: Arden Arkman for Novaya Gazeta

However, others argue that the attitude of the market administration is quite respectful, and that there was no conflict with Azerbaijani colleagues from the neighboring pavilions. “We work and cooperate with all nationalities, it doesn’t matter.” Azerbaijani sellers say the same.

The day after the incident with the Armenian trucks, the head of the Department of Commerce and Services in Moscow, Aleksey Nemeryuk, said that there were no longer any problems with the sale of Armenian goods in Food City. Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toganyan also reported that the conflict had been settled.

However, Toganyan said the situation has not been fully resolved: “Our task is for Russian legislation to prevail in this shopping center. Yes, so far everything is calm, but we do not know if our entrepreneurs will send goods there again, whether uninterrupted work will be ensured or not.”

London, Los Angeles, Chișinău

On Friday, immigrants from Armenia and Azerbaijan fought in London. The clash took place at the Azerbaijani embassy in the UK. Azerbaijani media reported that Armenians attacked the protesters. Armenian media claim that the fight was provoked by the Azerbaijanis.

On July 21, a clash broke out between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Los Angeles, USA. The consulate of Azerbaijan reported that a police officer and seven Azerbaijanis were injured. As an employee of the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles told the Caucasian Knot, the fight broke out soon after the Armenian and Azerbaijani participants of the rally started shouting chants and slogans about Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Azerbaijani community in Moldova protests in Chișinău. Photo: Olga Gnatkova / NewsMaker

On July 22, the Chișinău police managed to stop the conflict at a rally near the Armenian Embassy in Moldova. But later, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Moldova Gudsi Osmanov made a statement and accused the Moldovan politicians of holding a pro-Armenian position. He says the MP from the ruling Socialist Party Hayk Vartanyan and the adviser to the President of Moldova Ernest Vardanyan demonstrated that they were obviously trying to protect the interests of Armenia.

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‘Our Animals Are Dying’: Water Goes Bad In Azerbaijani Village

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Residents in the village of Banka in Azerbaijan say they lack basic water supplies for themselves and their animals after water in the Kura River dropped and became contaminated with salt water from the nearby Caspian Sea. Experts believe farming, a major hydroelectric plant upstream, and climate change could be to blame.Read Original Article here by RFERL

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Citizens of Baku to remain stuck at home? No info on future as last day of strict quarantine approaches

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As of August 3, citizens of Baku and 14 other cities and regions in Azerbaijan have spent six weeks living under a strict quarantine regime due to the coronavirus.

Since June 21, people have been allowed to go outside for three hours a day after receiving SMS permission from the authorities, and all stores are closed, excluding grocery stores and pharmacies.

Public transport is not running on Saturdays or Sundays.

The authorities’ most recent decision states that the quarantine will end at 6 am on August 5. However, no statement has been released about lifting the quarantine, and there is a growing fear that it may be extended.

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Within the past three weeks, there were several times when the quarantine was scheduled to be lifted, but was instead extended. But the authorities had issued a statement informing citizens ahead of time.

Azerbaijan continues to celebrate Eid al-Adha, and August 4 is the first working day after the holiday.

MP of the Milli Mejlis Musa Guliyev reported some positive news:

“The roads between cities and regions will reopen, the metro will start running again, and people will be able to leave the house without SMS permission. But at the same time, we musts not forget that the epidemic is still going on and we must adhere to safety measures.”

However, people on social networks have more to say about the pessimistic forecast of the chief infectious disease specialist Jalal Isaev.

He said that the authorities may extend the strict quarantine for several more weeks in order to bring the number of new cases a day down into the double digits.

Over the past 24 hours, 286 new cases have been reported in Azerbaijan, bringing the total since the beginning of the epidemic to 32,443 cases. Eight more people have died, bringing the total in Azerbaijan to 462. 27,113 people have recovered.

Baku, Tbilisi Avenue. Photo JAMnews

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Azerbaijani Ombudsman denies death of political prisoner. New reports of torture in prisons. Updated

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12.00 / August 2

It remains unclear whether Azerbaijani political prisoner Fuad Qahramanli, a board member of the opposition Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, is alive or has died in prison.

On the evening of August 1, information about his possible death from torture appeared on social media [more in the report below]. Then, former prosecutor Rufat Safarov denied this message on his Facebook page.

“The head of the department for the prevention of torture of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman’s Office, Rashid Rumzadeh, said that Fuad Qahramanli is alive,” Safarov wrote with reference to lawyer Bahruz Bayramov.

The lawyer was promised that on Monday, August 3, they would try to arrange a meeting with Qahramanli.

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Rufat Safarov, in the same post, critically noted that the ombudsman’s staff should have visited the prisoner after the alarming messages on social media and provided reliable information to his family and friends.

Instead, they postponed the issue for several days.

With the hope that Fuad Qahramanli is still alive, opposition blogger Bakhtiyar Hajiyev also writes:

I appealed to the Ombudsman about the state of Qahramanli. About half an hour later, I was informed that he was alive and that he was currently in the Kurdakhan detention center. It is reported that his condition and conditions of detention are good.

The issue is now under the personal control of Ombudswoman Sabina Aliyeva. I look forward to a solution to the issue of organizing meetings between prisoners and their families and lawyers.

There is very little information on the state of political prisoners in Azerbaijan’s prisons as a whole.

Blogger Nihad Huseyn wrote on his Twitter that opposition activist Seymur Akhmedov was able to send a letter from prison to his loved ones, in which he reported being tortured daily and beaten.

Akhmedov, like Qahramanli, was detained among 45 opposition activists for participating in a rally in Baku in support of the army on the night of July 15.

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Seymur Akhmedov writes that … a man in civilian clothes beat him for hours in the building of the Narimanov district police station,” blogger Nihad Huseyn said.

19.00 / August 1

Political prisoner Fuad Qahramanli may have died from torture in a Baku prison on August 1, local social media write. There is no official confirmation or evidence yet.

Fuad Qahramanli is one of more than 45 members of the opposition Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan who were detained after the July 15 rally in Baku in support of the army.

“Ilham Aliyev [President of Azerbaijan], if something happens to the people you have arrested, you are responsible for it,” his ex-wife Zumrud Yagmur wrote on her Facebook page.

While no official confirmation has been given, a number of messages to effect have been published, amongst others by well-known investigative journalist Khadija Ismail:

Various sources say that PFPA executive director Fuad Qahramanli was tortured. There is also information that he is dead. Lawyer Bahruz Bayramov was not allowed to see him from the moment of his arrest.

“Two other party members, Baba Suleiman and Seymur Akhmadov, were also severely tortured and threatened with rape. Baba reportedly agreed to sign false statements against party chairman Ali Karimli after being tortured.

“We try to check the reports. Lawyers are not allowed to see their clients, and there is no effective mechanism against torture in Azerbaijan.”

Azerbaijani bloggers have recently begun to conduct a daily report in two areas: statistics on coronavirus and the number of oppositionists detained by the authorities.

The 45 opposition activists who were recently arrested were initially charged with illegal protests during the rally in support of the army on the night of July 15.

However, the charges then escalated, and some of the detainees are now charged with ‘attempting to overthrow the government’.

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