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19 prisoners, 5 workers infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijani prison

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Gobustan Prison in Azerbaijan, where many of those sentenced to life imprisonment serve their time along with political prisoners, has become a coronavirus hotspot.

The prisoners’ families state that they do not believe the promises the government has made about the epidemiological measures that they have taken.

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The higher-ups of the prison, located in the suburb of Gobustan on the outskirts of Baku, state that 24 people are infected in total, five workers and 19 prisoners.

“The infected are in good condition. Most of them are asymptomatic. Strict measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus”, officials said in a statement.

However, the prisoners’ families say that there is actually absolutely nothing for coronavirus prevention in the prison. There’s no mention of masks or hand sanitizer and prisoners even have to buy soap with their own money.

The mother of Ali Rzaev, sentenced to a long term in prison for his participation in the “Ganja Case”, spoke about this in detail.

Many other participants in that incident are serving time in the prison.

On 3 July, 2018, Elmar Valiyev, the then-mayor of the second-most important city in Azerbaijan, Ganja, was severely wounded by being shot in the head. After a week of mass protests, two police officers were killed. A number of protesters were then killed by the special forces “for violently resisting arrest”. More than 60 people were sentenced to terms of five to eight years in prison “for participation in a radical religious group”.

The penal service does not accept the blame for the lack of proper health conditions in the prison, claiming that prisoners are given personal protection against coronavirus for free.

The number of cases continues to rise in Azerbaijan. 135 cases were recorded on 30 August. Since the start of the pandemic 36,309 people have been infected in total. 531 of them have died, and 33,703 have recovered.

Strict quarantine has been in effect in the country since 20 June, remaining in force until the end of September. Travel from the capital to the regions and vice versa is prohibited, shopping centres are closed, and buses do not run on the weekends.

The life sentence was introduced in Azerbaijan in 2001, being automatically given to those who had previously been sentenced to capital punishment, which was abolished in 1998.

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CBA currency exchange rates (05.03.2021)

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According to the official exchange rates of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan for today, the USD remained unchanged at AZN 1.7000, EUR dropped 0.77% to AZN 2.0327, and RUB fell 0.87% to AZN 0.0228.

Currency

Exchange rates

1 USD (US dollar)

1.7000

1 EUR (Euro)

2.0327

1 RUB (Russian ruble)

0.0228

1 AUD (Australian dollar)

1.3103

1 ARS (Argentinean peso)

0.0188

1 BYN (Belarusian ruble)

0.6518

1 BRL (Brazilian real)

0.2999

1 UAE dirham

0.4628

1 ZAR (South African rand)

0.1109

100 KRW (South Korean won)

0.1506

1 CZK (Czech koruna)

0.0774

100 CLP (Chilean peso)

0.2342

1 CNY (Chinese yuan)

0.2626

1 DKK (Danish krone)

0.2734

1 GEL (Georgian lari)

0.5135

1 HKD (Hong Kong dollar)

0.2191

1 INR (Indian rupee)

0.0233

1 GBP (British pound)

2.3622

100 IDR (Indonesian rupiah)

0.0119

100 IRR (Iranian rial)

0.0040

1 SEK (Swedish krona)

0.1998

1 CHF (Swiss franc)

1.8298

1 ILS (Israeli shekel)

0.5125

1 CAD (Canadian dollar)

1.3427

1 KWD (Kuwaiti dinar)

5.6178

1 KZT (Kazakhstani tenge)

0.0041

1 KGS (Kyrgyzstani som)

0.0200

100 LBP (Lebanese pound)

0.1121

1 MYR (Malaysian ringgit)

0.4175

1 MXN (Mexican peso)

0.0805

1 MDL (Moldovan leu)

0.0969

1 EGP (Egyptian pound)

0.1083

1 NOK (Norwegian krone)

0.1977

100 ‎UZS (Uzbekistani som)

0.0162

1 PLN (Polish złoty)

0.4454

1 SGD (Singapore dollar)

1.2702

1 SAR (Saudi Arabian riyal)

0.4532

1 SDR (IMF)

2.4408

1 TRY (Turkish lira)

0.2261

1 TWD (Taiwan dollar)

0.0609

1 TJS (Tajikistani somoni)

0.1505

1TMT (New Turkmenistan Manat)

0.4857

1 UAH (Ukrainian hryvnia)

0.0614

100 JPY (Japanese yen)

1.5730

1 ‎NZD (New Zealand dollar)

1.2185

Gold (1 ounce)

2876.4340

Silver (1 ounce)

42.8392

Platinum (1 ounce)

1910.8170

Palladium (1 ounce)

3990.8180

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Azerbaijani Defense Minister offers condolence to Turkey 

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The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov sent a condolence message to his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar and the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Yashar Guler, Report informs, citing the Ministry.

The message says: "I am deeply saddened by the news about the death of high-ranking military servicemen, especially Commander of the 8th Corps, Lt. Gen. Osman Erbash as a result of the helicopter crash in eastern Bitlis, and injury of 11 soldiers in the vehicle crash in Shirnak. Your pain is our pain.
I pray Allah for the deceased servicemen, share the grief of their families and relatives, as well as express my deep condolences to them. I wish God's healing to all of the wounded servicemen.

May Almighty Allah rest them in peace."

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New images of Mars released

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The China National Space Administration releases three high-definition images of Mars, Report mentions, citing CGTN.

The footage was taken by the nation's first Mars exploration mission probe, Tianwen-1.

Earlier it was said that the Tianwen-1 probe had entered the support orbit of Mars.

#BREAKING The China National Space Administration releases three high-definition images of #Mars taken by the nation's first Mars exploration mission probe Tianwen-1 pic.twitter.com/niZnadV6hK

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 4, 2021

Tianwen-1 was launched from the Wenchang Cosmodrome on July 23 last year. The mission is to search for signs of life on Mars and opportunities for human use.

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