Articles by Aida Sultanova



A Schism Emerges in Azerbaijan

  • 19 January 07
  • The Associated Press
The article that landed two journalists in jail stirs disagreement about culture and religion.

Azeri Opposition Seeks New Vote

  • 11 November 05
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan's opposition tried to maintain pressure on the government Thursday after disputed parliamentary elections, calling for the annulment of all results and for a series of protest rallies.

Results Voided in 2 Azeri Votes

  • 09 November 05
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan's elections commission on Tuesday annulled the results of the weekend's parliamentary vote in two electoral districts and ordered a recount in another, while the ruling party claimed victory.

Aliyev Pushes for Law to Guarantee Free Elections

  • 26 October 05
  • The Associated Press
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev asked lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass legislation to ensure that next month's parliamentary elections are free and fair -- a significant concession to opposition political groups just weeks before the crucial Nov. 6 vote.

Ex-Azeri Minister Tied to Coup Plot

  • 21 October 05
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan's former economic development minister has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring with an exiled opposition leader to carry out a coup, prosecutors, police and security ministries said Thursday.

Azeri Opposition Leader Detained

  • 18 October 05
  • The Associated Press
An opposition leader's plan to return to Azerbaijan under the protection of rallying supporters was thwarted Monday when he was detained on an international warrant in Ukraine and hundreds of his backers were arrested in Baku.

Baku Protest Clash Raises Fears of Growing Unrest

  • 27 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Opposition activists clashed with riot police as Azerbaijan's largest opposition alliance defied authorities' refusal to allow a protest rally -- fueling fears of growing unrest in the Caspian Sea nation just weeks before parliamentary elections.

20,000 March in Azerbaijan

  • 20 June 05
  • The Associated Press
About 20,000 opposition protesters chanting ""Freedom!"" marched across Azerbaijan's capital on Saturday, pushing for free parliamentary elections this year and urging the government to step down in the biggest protest in years.

Aliyev Will Get 3-Meter Sculpture

  • 17 December 03
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of Azeris on Tuesday paid tribute at the cemetery where former President Heidar Aliyev was buried amid a week of national mourning, as officials unveiled plans to memorialize the former KGB agent who ruled here for some 30 years.

Azerbaijan's Aliyev Is Laid to Rest

  • 16 December 03
  • The Associated Press
More than a million people filled the streets of Azerbaijan's capital for the funeral of former President Heidar Aliyev on Monday, streaming into the building where the longtime leader lay in state and then crowding around the cemetery where he was buried with a five-gun artillery salute.

Former Azeri Leader Aliyev Dead

  • 15 December 03
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of mourners lined roads strewn with red carnations Sunday, grieving as the funeral cortege of former Azeri President Heidar Aliyev wound its way to a mosque where the body was ceremonially washed under Islamic tradition.

Heidar Aliyev Quits Azeri Race

  • 06 October 03
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan's President Heidar Aliyev has withdrawn his presidential candidacy in support of his son.

Azeri Court Asked to Change Election Law

  • 11 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Azeri President Heidar Aliyev's government wants to cancel a provision in the electoral code that would automatically postpone presidential elections if the ailing president resigned or became incapacitated.

Aliyev's Son: Surgery Won't Be Necessary

  • 08 August 03
  • The Associated Press
President Heidar Aliyev's son sought to reassure the public Thursday that his ailing father's condition is stable, saying the 80-year-old leader did not need surgery.

Aliyev's Son Appointed Azeri Premier

  • 05 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan's parliament on Monday confirmed ailing President Heidar Aliyev's son as prime minister.

Kremlin: No Pipes Along Caspian Bed

  • 27 February 03
  • The Associated Press
The Kremlin's envoy to the Caspian region said Wednesday that Moscow would seek to ban pipelines along the bottom of the sea, creating a possible obstacle for a U.S.-backed project to send Caspian oil to a Turkish port.

Yusufov Tells Azeris to Send More Caspian Oil

  • 02 December 02
  • The Associated Press
Energy Minister Igor Yusufov said Friday that Moscow was still mulling over a LUKoil's decision to sell its stake in key Caspian oil fields and urged Azerbaijan to send more oil through the Russian pipeline system.

40 Missing in Caspian Sea Shipwreck

  • 24 October 02
  • The Associated Press
Emergency workers resumed rescue efforts to locate nearly 40 people who remained missing Wednesday after a freighter-ferry sank in the stormy Caspian Sea.

Ferry Sinks In Caspian, 51 Aboard

  • 23 October 02
  • The Associated Press
A ferry carrying scores of people and a shipment of oil sank in rough weather in the Caspian Sea on Tuesday, killing at least one person, officials said.

$3Bln Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Gets Under Way

  • 19 September 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham joined the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey on Wednesday for the start of construction of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

Interior Ministers Sign a Deal on Pankisi

  • 09 September 02
  • The Associated Press
Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov said Friday that he reached an agreement with Georgian officials to conduct joint operations in the Pankisi Gorge after months of tension over the crime-infested area bordering Chechnya.

Cyrillic Script Ditched in Azerbaijan

  • 31 July 01
  • The Associated Press
The whole of Azerbaijan is switching to the Latin alphabet, the third switch in the past century.

Warship, Feud Halt BP Caspian Project

  • 25 July 01
  • The Associated Press
Azerbaijan alleged Tuesday that an Iranian warship violated its territorial waters in the Caspian Sea.