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On the night of 29 May, the Azeri opposition journalist Efgan Muhtarli went missing in Tbilisi.
On 21 February, Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, nominated his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, for the newly created position of first vice-president.
Over the past three years, Azerbaijan has revised its risk assessment and has reached the conclusion that the West cannot guarantee its security.
The prisoners’ release was forced by the economic and social crisis which has been plaguing Azerbaijan.
The clashes were accompanied by unprecedented activity by Moscow, which has allowed it to dominate the Karabakh peace process at this stage.
The main political beneficiary of the four-day conflict is Russia, which has strengthened its position as the de facto principal conciliator.
The dramatically deteriorating economic situation in Azerbaijan has caused a wave of spontaneous protests which have been ongoing since 12 January.
The operation demonstrates the government’s determination to suppress all manifestations of opposition, and is in line with its increasingly tough authoritarian trend.
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security underwent a reshuffle between 17 and 24 October.
The crisis in EU-Russia relations over Ukraine has made the two players interested in the Southern Gas Corridor once again.