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High-ranking prisoners in Azerbaijan

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Republic of Azerbaijan gained its independence from Soviet Union in 1991, but many of its ruling elite had enough time to pass through country's penal system.

RFE/Radio Liberty's Azerbaijani section reports that two presidents, two parliament speakers, two prime ministers, one prosecutor general and two state counselors in Azerbaijan either were imprisoned, or fled the country after being indicted of grave crimes in past 18 years. 12 ministers were held in prisons - one of them passed away in confinement, two ministers are still serving their terms. Among high-ranking prisoners of Azerbaijan there were two ministers of economy, two ministers of agriculture, two ministers of national security, one minister of interior and one minister of finances.

Two most dangerous government spheres were economy and national security.


Ani | March 9, 2009 6:07 PM


I don't know if this is a question even possible to answer, but I'll ask anyway. Were these politically motivated convictions, or were these corrupt officials, or were there some of each? Just wondering whether these men (I'm assuming men) could be considered politcal prisoners, or were ever characterized as such.

Ali S. Novruzov | March 10, 2009 2:42 PM

They were pretty guilty of much misbehavior, however, was this misbehavior real reason or not, is not a question I can answer. The truth is maybe somewhere between.